Wida Tausif was born in Afghanistan in 1992. Her family are well educated; her mother was a teacher and her father a ‘government director’. As is the case for many Afghani, Wida and her family fled to Pakistan and stayed in Peshawar for the next 9 years where her Dad and brother both found employment, but life wasn’t uncertain. This led to their registration with the United Nations High Commission for refugees, and eventually to live in NZ, which Wida felt was ‘the furtherest part of the world’. Wida enjoys living now in Christchurch, New Zealand where she feels much safer and more settled and has just successfully completed high school. Wida has a real talent for writing about her homeland and her many experiences, often traumatic, in the transition from Afghanistan as a refugee to Peshawar and eventually to New Zealand.
Her goals are to keep writing and to one day represent her beautiful country and ‘bring light in my people’s heart’ keeping Afghani culture ‘alive’. I think she has the motivation to do this and wish her all the best.
Bernadette Hall, NZ poet, said of Wida’s poem Sweet Afghanistan ‘…reminds me of some of the work of South American liberationist poets, like Neruda and Vallejo’. Wida should definitely pursue her writing. This same poem was nominated in Canterbury during National Poetry Day (competition) 2010.
Wida is a vibrant, passionate young woman which is reflected in her writing, she has much to offer readers who would like insight into the beauty and tragedy that is Afghanistan.