“What a strange world it was when a girl who wanted to go to school had to defy militants with machine guns - as well as her own family.”
“Perhaps that's because I do not remember a thing about the shooting. Not a single thing. The doctors and nurses offered complicated explanations for why I didn't recall the attack. They said the brain protects us from memories that are too painful to remember. Or, they said, my brain might have shut down as soon as I was injured. I love science, and I love nothing more than asking question upon question to figure out the way things work. But I don't need science to figure out why I don't remember the attack. I know why: God is kind to me.”
“If you help someone in need you might also receive unexpected aid.”
“I might have been calm, but my dear father was near tears. 'Are you all right, jani?' he said. 'Aba,' I said, trying to reassure him. 'Everybody knows they will die someday. No one can stop death. It doesn't matter if it comes from a Talib or from cancer.”
“I would run to rejoin the children. Especially when it was time for the kite-flying contests- where the boys would skilfully try to cut down their competitors' kite strings. It plunges. It was beautiful, and also a bit melancholy for me to see the pretty kites sputter to the ground.
Maybe it was because I could see a future that would be cut down just like those kites- simply because I was a girl.”
“As I watched my brothers run up to the roof to launch their kites, I wondered how free I could ever really be.”
“I had grown up hearing the word terrorism, but I never really understood what it meant. Until now. Terrorism is different from war-where soldiers face one another in battle. Terrorism is fear all around you. It is going to sleep at night and not knowing what horrors the next day will bring.”
“Context is to data what water is to a dolphin”
“I took in a deep breath and let it out.
He had my back. He had my front. He had my family.
He had my heart.”
“Real life is me searching for answers but winding up feeling more lost than ever. Looking”
“You couldn’t control everything, because it wasn’t all meant to be perfect. Sometimes things needed to be messy.”
“What is it in our world that breeds such howling despair?”
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