I was born in Afghanistan but have become a Londoner in the last six years. Currently, I am working hard towards completing my Masters in Political Science from University of London, due for completion in September 2009; this correlates with my undergraduate studies – also at University of London – that I finished by obtaining a BA in Politics.
My life-story is similar to the journey of a boat in the middle of a massive ocean; full of exceptional ups and downs, trying to make it to the shores!
Born and brought up during the war and having lived through the killing-machine of civil conflict in my native Afghanistan, to work for promoting understanding and respect among people of different backgrounds (ethnic, religious, regional) has been a passion I have long sought to fulfill. With such ambitions in my heart, I hope to be of any good service to the youth as well as being able to educate myself along the way.
I can fluently communicate – written and spoken – in five languages (Pashto, Dari, English, Farsi, Urdu), Pashto being my mother-tongue. While in Afghanistan, I voluntarily worked with humanitarian organisations during the American bombardments in 2001 & 2002. In addition, I was a junior volunteer English language teacher to teenage boys and girls in 2002 & 2003. I had also been a member of AYFUn (Afghan Youth Foundation for Unity) prior to the fall of the Taliban regime.
Since my settlement in the UK, I have worked with several community organisations in London. I have also had cooperation with the AYF – a small voluntary foundation that strives to improve and promote education for youth in Afghanistan. I have also worked as a Community Researcher for a joint projected by University of Birmingham and the British Refugee Council. Meanwhile, I have undertaken some consultancy work with various governmental and non-governmental bodies for youth and community initiatives/projects.
I have a passion for writing and researching, with an optimism, to challenge political misconceptions and common stereotypes about the complexities and dilemmas of political upheavals in Afghanistan and the broader region; in this respect, my interests vary from youth and community work to political philosophy and security & diplomatic studies as well as multiculturalism.
I hope by being part of the MYWF board, I would make positive contributions while benefiting from the vast diversity of valuable expertise available throughout of the board.