Pen Seller Girl

Shekiba and Mansoor are the guests of Lalo Mama. Lalo Mama leads them to the corridors of the castle. There, at the corridor, Mansoor tells to Lalo Mama that when they were coming to the castle, they saw a girl selling something in the bazaar. Shikiba asks that how could she study, when she is busy in the bazaar.

Lalo Mama says that she could sell and study and then he opens a window for their information.


In the window, the reporter of the castle says that article 49 of constitution of Afghanistan banned on child work, but some children have to work. He talks to a girl, Sonia, a resident of Kabul city, who sells pens in the bazaar. Sonia responses to a question of the reporter:” I am thirteen years old, I study school from 8am to 12 noon. After lunch, from 1pm to 3pm, I sell pen, knitted scrubber and Popak( a special knitted from string for Afghani clothes) and on Fridays, I have a free time for playing with my friends. I gain about Afs.20-30 per day and a shopkeeper buy the Popaks at Afs. 200 at the end of the week.I prepare some foodstuff to my family.”

She replies to another question of the reporter: “Sale effects on my study. When I have good sale, I become happy and could study well, but if some day, I do not have any sale, I cannot study well.

By the end of Sonia’s sayings, Lalo Mama closes the window.