A poem by Sharifa Ahamdi

A smile can bring unity and love
It can help you to make new friends
A smile conveys positive energy
It will give you strength,
courage and happiness

Smile with everyone
Cover your face with a smile
Whatever happens to you, just SMILE!
A smile is the key that opens the door to friendship
It can be the beginning to a solution
for problems and arguments.

Take the world in your hands with your smile.

About the Author: Sharifa Ahmadi is from Bamyan, Afghanistan and has worked as a teacher for Jesuit Refugee Services. She recently graduated with her MS in Mathematics from a university in India. She wants to raise her voice through her writing on behalf of women who live in many difficult places.

Writing by Afghan writers. Editor/Publisher: Nancy Antle; Editor: Pamela Hart