“We who are born in an ever-contested landscape recognize this, and perhaps we recognize it more intensely.”

“I hated the shadows from the buildings, the inability to see above my head. The days were getting gloomier. Every hour was blue.”

I was sad in those days, sullen even. It seemed to me like I was about to piss away one year of my life. Then one day, after we had sweated on the parade ground, […]

“I was sad in those days, sullen even. It seemed to me like I was about to piss away one year of my life.”

“Four schoolgirls in checkered hijabs are standing together. Behind them, a black surface with folds—perhaps a curtain. Consider the shadows in the creases on their hijabs; are they standing in front of a tree?”