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NEPAL: To the Women of Afghanistan

Sambridhi
Posted August 23, 2021 from Nepal

From across Asia, Sambridhi shares a supportive, resilient message with her Afghan sisters.

“I want you to be stronger than the fear that surrounds you and keeps you awake at night. I want you to know there is a bigger world, and it stands in solidarity with you.

To the Women of Afghanistan,

You are brave. I say this not to pour words of sympathy, but as genuine heartfelt respect for your resiliency over the years, and especially right now. I know everything must seem like a pitch-black hole around you. You may or may not feel there is hope at all. It’s heartbreaking when the system fails you and what you've worked toward. Hopes turn into despair in just a matter of seconds. 

I want to tell you, dear sisters, don't give up on even the faintest ray of faith that's left in you. Do not give up on yourselves or what you and older generations of Afghan women have worked for all these years. Remember, it’s not your fault. You don't have to be ashamed of a history that you didn't agree or contribute to. 

It’s the government, the people you trusted, who failed you miserably. They are the ones who should put their heads down, not you. You have done your part. Hold your head high and stand strong like you always have. Stand strong because you have all been pioneers of a beautiful story of courage and resilience in a place of havoc and terror. Just know you have served as an example of what a strong woman is and can be. 

I say this based on my personal experience, which I am fully aware is nothing –  I repeat nothing, compared to the agony you’re experiencing. I have seen the darkness, too. I have been through phases in life where despair and unfortunate events took a lot from me. There were times when every door seemed to have shut on my face. “Light at the end of the tunnel” seemed like a fairytale concept too hard to believe. 

Yet, I am still here. I am here, and that's all that matters because often when you feel close to losing a battle you fought religiously, you tend to come out even stronger. You will, too. Have faith that this shall pass like it always has.

To all Afghan women fighting their own battles amid the nightmare facing Afghanistan: I want you to not give up on your colorful dreams. I want you to be stronger than the fear that surrounds you and keeps you awake at night. I want you to know there is a bigger world, and it stands in solidarity with you. I know I stand with you, even though I am miles away. I know others just like me are thinking of you, praying for you, and working to help you. 

Do not let the darkness around you swallow your light. Do not give up on yourselves, me, and everyone who believes in your power.

I pray for more strength and power for you. I pray you get to see the sun soon. I pray that all the effort you have put into building the blocks of freedom for generations of Afghan women over the years does not go down the drain – that you finally get to breathe air filled with only love and light. 

To the women of Afghanistan, I want to tell you so many things, hold your hand, and let you know how in awe I am of your courage. I want to tell you you aren't alone in your battles and that the world is with you, in spirit, and as allies. 

Right now, I can only hope you read this letter and that it provides you even a little comfort to help you through these times. I hope you make history like you always have. May you come out victorious.

Warm regards,

Sambridhi


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Kristine Yakhama
Aug 24
Aug 24

It goes without saying that this is a deeply gendered crisis. From access to education and employment, to health, bodily autonomy, and freedom from forced marriages and persecution, the basic human rights and very lives of women in Afghanistan are at a renewed risk.

SUZAN
Aug 24
Aug 24

Well done Sambridhi, this wasn't just moving but a true voice of hope in the dark clouds. Our sisters will overcome this.

Regina Afanwi Young
Aug 24
Aug 24

Wow!!! Such strong words of encouragement!! Thank you dear sis for giving our sisters so much hope. Yes we are in this together holding hands and encouraging each other to continue the fight to freedom.
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Tamarack Verrall
Aug 24
Aug 24

Dear Sambridhi,
What beautiful and powerful message. You have found words that many of us are searching for as our hearts are with our sisters in Afghanistan.

Jill Langhus
Aug 25
Aug 25

Congrats on the story, award, Sambridhi! Well done:-) XX

Liana C
Aug 25
Aug 25

Beautifully said, Sambridhi - I agree, and stand in solidarity with you. I, too, lend my energy, power and faith to the women of Afghanistan as they endure these dark times. I am certain that with every day, they are making history and making space for the return of the freedoms that all girls and women deserve.

Pushpa Subedi
Aug 26
Aug 26

Hats off To You Girl.. By reading your Letter, I felt That you don't need to be there to help people physically, You can Emotionally and Mentally support them, And These words that you mentioned on your letter is totally an inspiration for not only the Girls of Afghanisthan but also it gives such a big motive to all the individuals who are fighting with their mental health. Keep Going My Dear Friend . Proud of You.. ❤️

Elizabeth Francis
Aug 28
Aug 28

Congrats on your story award, It was captivating from the frist word, your passion was expressed beautiful and strong. You speak on all our behalf, when you say the world stand in solidarity..
We are holding a light for everyone of our sisters behind the boundaries of Afghanistan
Love and light

Susu Mohamed
Aug 30
Aug 30

Dear Sambridhi,
woooow I loved your story I am herein sisterhood around one year your story touched me deeply i loved the way you stand by our sisters afghan I am looking forward reading more and Congratulation story award.
Much love
susu