Greetings! I am Merzad and I live in Afghanistan. We say hello very eloquently. When we greet each other we also ask about the other person’s health and family, as life has been hard here. There has been a war going on in our country, even before my parents. Many of my friends have lost grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, and siblings, because of the violence. We are also very poor. I have to work up to ten hours in my father’s shop after three hours in school. Even the children have to help support their families.