Published on March 2nd, 2006
Seeta and Kamilah are teenage girls from a village in Pakistan. They were students at the village high school in the fall of 2005. Their favorite subject was art. Like many Pakistani girls, they used their artistic talent to draw designs on the backs of their hands with henna dye. Since this was forbidden at school, Seeta and Kamilah drew designs on only one hand and kept that hand hidden in their clothes!
The two friends enjoyed learning languages. They can speak a little English, as well as two Pakistani languages. They also loved to watch television, but they were able to do that only when visiting cousins in a city. Their homes in the village didn’t have television.
Seeta and Kamilah no longer attend school, study art, or learn languages. They don’t even live in houses anymore; they live in tents. Life is more of a struggle now.
On October 8, 2005, an earthquake shook the ground for six minutes in and around their village. When it ended, much of the village was rubble.