When I’m not there


War, poverty, and cultural customs keep millions of children from being able to go to school each year. Others, courageously find a way to get an education—though often it is at great cost to themselves and their families. 

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Susan is 15. Her native language is Dari.  She lives and studies at SOLA, the School of Leadership in Afghanistan. Susan’s dream is to become a journalist.


When you’re alone, I cry.
When you’re tired, I cry.
When you need me and
I leave you, I cry.

When I need your hug and
Your hug is not there, I cry.
When I cry you feel it.
When you cry I feel it.

When you cry who will hug you?
I am not there.
Mother, I miss you.
Life is hard.

                                          —Author, Susan




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