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Love of literature inspires disabled Afghan writer

An Afghan vendor sells dried fruit along a street in a market in Kabul on October 29, 2021. Photo: VCG

An Afghan vendor sells dried fruit on a street in a Kabul market on October 29, 2021. Right: A man rides a motorbike with a boy and three girls on a street in Kabul o

A man rides a motorbike with a boy and three girls on a street in Kabul on October 29, 2021. Photo: VCG

The love of literature inspired Ashraf Frough, a disabled Afghan writer, to continue writing and publishing books at a time when Afghanistan is plagued by serious economic problems.

With both legs paralyzed, Frough continues to write books to promote literature and art.

Since the Taliban take control of Afghanistan in mid-August and the formation of the Taliban-led interim government on September 7, the war-torn country has suffered economic hardship with tens of thousands forced to flee Afghanistan.

When Frough was only 10 years old, he was seriously injured in the spine by shrapnel from a rocket, leaving him paralyzed.

“The 20-year war and conflict has had a very negative impact on all aspects of Afghan life, especially writers and book publishers. I published three books, two of which were after the takeover of the Afghan people. Taliban, “Frough, who lives with his family of eight, told Xinhua News Agency.

“Publishing and writing books was the only way to heal my pain after my disability,” he said.

The two-decade-long war and bloodshed deprived authors and publishers of opportunities to promote reading and literature in Afghanistan.

“Peace has returned after decades of conflict but war and poverty still have a huge negative impact on literature and culture. As you know, following the regime change this summer, hundreds of historians, Afghan writers and cultural figures have left Afghanistan, ”he said. noted.

“All of this made me decide to continue writing and publishing works,” said the wheelchair-bound author, adding that there were still many unfinished works in literature and language.

A language and literature student at Kabul University, Frough chose to stay in Kabul after the abrupt withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan in late August. He stayed at home, continuing to write and publish books.

Interested in writing love stories, the disabled writer published three stories – two of them Letters from Malila and Khar-i-Isa (The Donkey of Jesus) after the Taliban took power .

Since being seriously injured when his home was hit by a rocket, Frough has been immersed in reading and writing books.

The young man calls on Afghan artists and writers to unite to bring the country’s culture and literature to life.

“I do my best to keep our culture and literature alive as I have done for the past 20 years,” he said.

The unexpected withdrawal of American troops left only chaos, hunger and poverty in the impoverished nation, forcing everyone here to fight for a loaf of bread to survive, Frough said. “But I want to keep the spirit of culture and literature alive in my country.”

Nasir Maqsoudi, owner of Maqsoudi Publishing House, which published Khar-i-Isa, said war, conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and droughts have worsened the economic situation of Afghans.

“War and conflict have discouraged the publishing business in Afghanistan for so long,” Maqsoudi said.

Darwaz Publishing Center editor-in-chief Tareq told Xinhua that it will take time for the publishing industry to return to normal in Afghanistan.

“People can’t afford daily necessities and basic necessities now, so how can they afford books? Explained the editor.

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Margarita W. Wilson

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