Azianne’s Story

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I met 15 year-old Azianne In Malaysia. She’s an ordinary middle-class Muslim girl, and like almost all Malaysians I met, she’s kite-crazy!

But during the week, kids like Azianne go to school - there's no time to fly kites.

But during the week, kids like Azianne go to school – there’s no time to fly kites.

 

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At school there’s a prayer room, but saying prayers is a choice; it’s not obligatory

 

and there are chores to do at home - like help prepare and serve dinner. At home, a lot of young girls - like Azianne - find it comfortable to take off their headscarves.

At home,there are chores to do – like helping with dinner. Many girls find it comfortable to take off their headscarves in the house.

 

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When school and chores are finished, Azianne loves going down to the beach – to fly kites. And she was really excited to fly this beautiful kite, made by the master kitemaker. BUT – the kite would not fly – there’s not room in this blog to show how hard they tried to get it to fly, but in the end Azianne went to the little kitestand and bought a little kite for about 50 cents.

 

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In a few minutes she had that little kite way up in the air. I realised it wasn’t about flying a beautiful handmade kite – it was about having fun.