The Other Side of the World

I find it hard to imagine what it’s like to live in a country without freedom of expression or to work every day just so I can eat that day. I can’t imagine having a war rage in my country, live in fear of warlords, and still go on with life, hoping for better education, a stable government, and a better life for my children. I have never known what it’s like to be a country at the mercy of several larger and more powerful ones. I found some glimpses into the countries of Afghanistan and Iran on the BBC this past week and got a taste of this world so far from my own, but in many ways, so similar.

One BBC feature highlights a day in the life of numerous people from Afghanistan. Other articles on the BBC about the allegedly corrupt Iranian election (that brought a conservative leader into power after a period of reform) prompted me to search out Iranian blogs to read what the people had to say about it. Finding a gold mine at, I was saddened to read of the disappointment of so many.