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Madrasa Diaries | Chapter 3

“I was six years old. My parents had gone away for a few days and I was left in the care of my uncle, my father’s brother. They trusted him. He treated me like his own daughter. He would bring gifts for me, he would bring me pretty dresses, toys and chocolates. But when my…

Boys read the Koran in a madrasa, or religious school, during th
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Madrasa Diaries | Chapter 2

If you’ve missed Chapter 1, you can read it here The next day, Yousef was still in bed when his father came into his room. His room stank of smoke and there were cigarette butts everywhere. “Yousef, wake up. It’s 2 in the afternoon.” His father said tiptoeing around the clothes and dirty dishes strewn…

Pakistani Muslim students attend a religious madrassa, or school
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Madrasa Diaries | Chapter 1

“Repeat after me boys. Alif.” “Alif.” “You. Yousef, come and sit here in the front.” The teacher yelled. Yousef gingerly got up from the back of the class and complied. “Okay, good! Again. Louder. Alif.” He felt a hand on my thigh. I didn’t dare look down, he stared into my book and I tried…

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