I was named after Malalai of Maiwand, the greatest heroine of Afghanistan. Pashtuns are a proud
people of many tribes split between Pakistan and Afghanistan. We live as we have for centuries by a
code called Pashtunwali, which obliges us to give hospitality to all guests and in which the most
important value is nang or honour. The worst thing that can happen to a Pashtun is loss of face. Shame
is a very terrible thing for a Pashtun man.
We have a saying, ‘Without honour, the world counts for
nothing.’ We fight and feud among ourselves so much that our word for cousin – tarbur – is the same
as our word for enemy. But we always come together against outsiders who try to conquer our lands.
All Pashtun children grow up with the story of how Malalai inspired the Afghan army to defeat the
British in 1880 in one of the biggest battles of the Second Anglo-Afghan War.
Malalai was the daughter of a shepherd in Maiwand, a small town on the dusty plains west of
Kandahar. When she was a teenager, both her father and the man she was supposed to marry were
among thousands of Afghans fighting against the British occupation of their country Download for free bellow