Atiq Rahimi - 1 December 2013:
"For centuries there was a pressure,
a form of dictatorship which emanated from religion,
as it did from tradition and politics.
The goal was to forbid people from speaking up.
Even today in Afghanistan our lips are sealed,
our ears, and our bodies are sealed.
Our problem is not to be or not to be,
but to say or not to say."