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"I want to be a writer"Written by Mahboba Fareed Karimi
Saturday, 07 January 2012 15:34
There are two things that 10-year-old Sosan, a Kabul resident, likes doing. She helps her father sell cakes and breads on the street. When she has time she writes.
Sosan says she is very happy to be of use to her father. Since her school is closed for the winter vacation, he can leave the stall to her while he goes back and forth to a nearby bakery to stock up on fresh cakes and breads including silo. Sosan's family lives on the earnings from the makeshift stall in the Khushal Khan area.
"I'm a fifth grade student," she says. "I am working with my father as it is winter holidays in my school. We sell cakes and breads to customers."
The stall on the street opens early and closes after sundown. Sosan who stands on her sturdy feet all day shows no signs of tiredness when I meet her. "I don't feel tired because I'm happy," she says, a big smile on her face. "My father goes many times a day to Central Bakery to get bags full of cake and breads. When he comes back, I arrange the breads inside and outside the booth. I am also in charge of selling the bread and cakes," she explains.
Does her father pay her for the work she does, I ask? "My father pays for my schoolbooks and clothes," she says cleverly choosing an indirect reply to my question. She then proceeds to explain her father's business model. The bakery pays him 4,000 Afs every month to sell its products. "It is not a lot of money," says Sosan. "My father has to work very hard. Our financial situation is not good. He will have to work all his life," she adds ruefully. She says her mother and siblings are at home.
She says at home she sometimes watches TV, which she likes. "I love (reading) some family magazines," she says. "They have interesting issues for children, about good writing, education and amusement. I dream of being a contributor, writing on interesting issues for a magazine," she adds eagerly.
What does she dream about, I ask? "Peace in my country," she says without a moment's pause. "I wish to be an honest and dedicated teacher."