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To the Logari Who Asked About the Sun

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August 28, 2022

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To the Logari Who Asked About the Sun

Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.

– Jodi Picoult –

To the Logari Who Asked About the Sun

“In this essay, Jamil Jan Kochai takes us to a landscape he left behind years ago–Logar, Afghanistan, a river valley south of Kabul. His story unfurls in a field behind his grandfather’s compound, set against the splendor of a Logari sunset. It’s a stunning essay, teeming with the particulars of rural Afghanistan–the smell of woodsmoke, the mountains’ dark silhouettes–while rendering a universal human experience: bracing against a stranger, hoping they’ll “pass by without a word,” only to be surprised by what happens once the stranger says hello. Or in this case, Salaam.” Kochai was born in an Afghan refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, but originally hails from Logar, Afghanistan. Read his evocative essay here. { read more }

Be The Change

Is there a place in your own life that you left, and now find yourself longing for? If yes, reflect on what it means to you. For more inspiration, check out this piece in NPR on how, after two decades, Kochai reunited with the grade school teacher who changed his life. { more }

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