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A ca­ter­ing and take-away ser­vice by a group of seven Afghani refugee women, IL­HAM (which means pos­i­tiv­ity in Dari lan­guage) was launched in Septem­ber 2015 with the sup­port of the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

We wish to. Have big houses and all the com­forts. We came to In­dia to give a bet­ter life to our chil­dren.

Since Novem­ber 2015, we have re­ceived or­ders from the US Em­bassy, UNHCR, and AC­CESS and have par­tic­i­pated in dif­fer­ent ex­hi­bi­tions at Dastkar. Our most pop­u­lar dishes in­clude man­thu, ashak, cha­pali ke­babs, quormi-emurgh, bo­rani ban­jan, kab­uli pu­lao, kha­jurs, and baklava.

For us, free­dom means be­ing able to walk with­out cov­er­ing our faces. We re­cently got threat­en­ing calls from our fam­ily back home when they saw us on YouTube.

If we are com­pletely free. We’ll just en­joy the gift of life.

Pho­to­graph by YASIR IQBAL

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