Dating an afghan girl
"People prefer to use Facebook or Gmail to chat because society does not make it easy to talk directly." Half a million Afghans use Facebook, according to the National Information Communication Technology Alliance of Afghanistan (NICTAA), and the number is increasing thanks to the spread of 3G networks that arrived in 2012.
"Social media can provide them with a platform for sharing their views and choosing somebody they think is the person they can spend their life with," said Omar Mansoor Ansari, who heads NICTAA.
Like other Afghans interviewed for this report, he asked for his name to be withheld.
Social media websites such as Facebook offer a rare opportunity for couples to learn about each other before marriage, he said.
But in my late teens and early 20s, this didn't prevent me from assuming my own racial blind spots, especially when it came to love.
Turns out that the girl who "looked like the world" had a very muddled view of it. When darker-skinned men wanted to date me, I assumed it was because they considered me a trophy for my light skin.
A senior official in NADRA's Peshawar office, where the cards were issued, confirmed last year that she was under investigation and told the AFP that Sharbat Bibi and her two sons Rauf Khan and Wali Khan were issued cards on the same day.There are only a handful of fashion and makeup Afghan gurus, and with her big beautiful blue eyes and amazing fashion sense, it’s easy to see why Afghan Americans were eager for her to shed positive light on her ethnic background. It would be great to have a beautiful Afghan girl working in the fashion and entertainment industry representing us, showing the world that Afghan women do not always need saving, and can achieve non-traditional career roles.But instead what we saw was no mention of Afghanistan.In hindsight, my distrust of men didn't get me far.I hadn't yet learned that giving others the benefit of the doubt was an important part of finding love, both from others and within myself.