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Monday, Mar 27, 2023

Sajia Yaqouby


Abbey Gate

August 17, 2021. A hot day, after a long night of sleeplessness. I’m in a crowd of hundreds of people. My father leaves my sisters and me at the first checkpoint: Abbey Gate in Kabul, Afghanistan. 



When we left our little apartment—located in a beautiful corner of Polytechnic University in Kabul—to the airport, my little sister wrote, “As I write, I miss our beautiful home. I miss the tableau on the wall, the decorated candles, the clock, and all those Eid days and Yalda nights that will ...

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