How I became literate but had to bury my books

My story on how I learned to read and write and how I buried my books when the Taliban took over Afghanistan for the 2nd time.

Rustam Seerat

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Photo by Basir Surat

My father and uncles were bi-sawad, a Persian word for illiterate, meaning they could not read or write. They inherited it from their father, my grandfather, and…

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Rustam Seerat

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.