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Mirman Baheer Poetry

May 10, 2012

You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
Remember this:
One day you will be sick.

— Lima, a 11 yr old Afghan girl

This poem was recorded in a New York Times magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. The group — Mirman Baheer — holds poetry sessions as well as records women narrating poetry secretly on the phone. The women express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous), and their doubts about religion.

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