Mohammad Ilyas Dayee
I was born on January 4, 1988, in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province in Afghanistan. My father worked for the government for about 45 years. My family were educated and some members went to Russia for their higher education.
Our life is good at the moment and we live well but it was not always like that. My father faced many economic problems in the past. We have also worked as farmers, but we were always keen to study. We saw education as more important than anything else. As a family we always followed the news.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Abdul Latif Sahak
I was born on April 4, 1978 in Dehdadi district of Balkh province into a middle- class family. My father sent me to the local high school, Shahid Balkhi, in 2005 despite his own financial problems because he was keen that other members of his family should be given chances he never had. I had left school in 1996 with average grades.
As the eldest son, I felt the need to support the family and opened a TV and radio workshop because I had learned about electronics at school. However, this slowed my education. Still, I am proud that I was able to provide for the family’s welfare and education, as well as my own studies.
I was born in the village of Seyawoshan, Gozara District, in Herat province in 1979, and grew up in a cultured family. I now live in Herat city. My father graduated from the military academy and in his last position, was commander of Herat airport until he resigned in 1988.
I entered the journalism faculty of Herat University in 2001 and began my journalism career while a student working on an independent newspaper. During my first year at university, I also worked with the Sada-e Jawan radio station which belonged to the university. All this work was unpaid but because I was very hard-working, the university chancellor’s office decided to pay me a stipend of 80 US dollars monthly. I also worked with independent weekly Isar.