Main character. She is the second oldest daughter in her family of six.
She is responsible for helping her father provide for the family and doing main chores that must be done outdoors.
She is forced to provide for her family while her father is arrested by the Taliban. In order to do this she must cut off her hair and dress like a young boy so she will not be harmed or killed for being an un escorted girl outside.
One Word Description
Middle aged woman who is beautiful with long black hair
Wears a chador (a piece of cloth to cover hair and shoulders)
Wears a burqa outdoors (long tent-like garment to cover face with a mesh screen to cover the eyes)
Wears a multi colored shalwar kameez (long loose shirt and trousers)
Significance to the Story
She is the Mother of Parvana along with her four siblings, and is the wife of Parvana’s Father.
She is an intelligent women who is having difficulty adjusting to the Taliban takeover and law forbidding women to leave their homes or go outside.
She has been indoors for an entire year and becomes broken when her husband is arrested.
She becomes resilient and active when given the opportunity to create an awareness of the amount of violence, poverty, discrimination women and other people of Afghanistan are facing.