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Beautiful, beautiful women: Yusor Abu-Salha and her teacher

International Women’s Day recently passed. It is important to remember those who give birth and nurture life. Educating girls promises an enlightened future of a community. They are the ones who will raise the children.

Eléctrica in the Desert

A picture of the slain Yusor Abu-Salha with her former teacher.
Yusor Abu-Salha (right) with her  teacher in the StoryCorps Booth. Yusor was shot to death in a hate crime in Durham last month. Photo Credit: StoryCorps

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BY AGHA SHAHID ALI

Yes, I remember it,
the day I’ll die, I broadcast the crimson,
so long ago of that sky, its spread air,
its rushing dyes, and a piece of earth
bleeding, apart from the shore, as we went.
On the day I’ll die, past the guards, and he,
keeper of the world’s last saffron, rowed me
on an island the size of a grave. On
two yards he rowed me into the sunset,
past all pain. On everyone’s lips was news
of my death but only that beloved couplet,
broken, on his:

“If there is a paradise on earth
It is this, it is this, it is this.”

BY AGHA SHAHID ALI

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