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By Nassim Ibrahimi, translated to English by Rustam Seerat

Rustam Seerat
ILLUMINATION
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3 min readMay 11, 2024

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A refugee from Afghanistan is selling shirts at the Friday market in Qom, Iran. Image source: Unsplash

The stale air of the metro station clung to me as I stumbled out, legs like lead weights. A few paces behind my friend, I longed to collapse. A booming voice shattered the silence. “Look at the athlete here!” boomed a man with a sun-bleached beard, his laughter mocking. He mimicked athletes with clumsy gestures. To escape his taunts, I lied. “Boxer,”…

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Rustam Seerat
ILLUMINATION

I scout Afghanistan media for stories about women that deserve wider attention. Whatever I earn on Medium, 50% will be donated to educating children in Afg.