Yasamin (Jellybean)

It was early 2017 when i met Yasamin the Jellybean now 13 years old-it was in a park in central Kabul-I was with a group of kids when she caught my eye on the outskirts of the park- I asked one of our assistants to go and speak with her and when I found out she was very poor and working on the mean streets of Kabul I asked if she’d like to join our group-she didn’t say-then one day not long after she turned up at our miraculous house and since we had another girl named Yasamin she became Jellybean which she duly embraced as a way for her to assume a new identity-we have a song called “Mother Mother” and when we played it she began to weep-when we asked her why, she said that she lost her mother when she was very young and the song reminded her of this deep loss-it is now one of her favorite songs that she sings with great aplomb in honor of her blessed mother and for all the other mothers who have endured poverty and war.

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