A lullaby for you, my daughter

Published: December 17, 2011

Allaho is a traditional lullaby that is culturally addressed to sons. However, with the help of Pashto and Dari poets, we made a lullaby for girls too. “Allaho – a lullaby for  you my daughter” breaks away from being male- oriented as it is directed towards the female child. 

This video was made when girls schools were being targeted in the different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Afghanistan. The aim behind it was to challenge the mindset that girls should not be allowed to get an education. In shooting this video, I wanted to highlight the positive role that fathers and teachers play in the empowerment of girls. In order to promote positive images, I visited many schools of KP and Afghanistan.

This song is being used for awareness-raising purposes by local organizations in the rural areas, schools, and forums in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It has been aired on Pashto television channels and continues to be used for the advocacy at different forums. The message of the poetry, written by Watan Dost, is to celebrate the presence of a girl in the home as a blessing. It goes further to encourage the baby girl to dream big dreams and emphasizes the importance of education to realize those dreams.

This video has been shot and conceptualised by Samar Minallah and the song has been sung by renowned singer Naghma. The video has has been filmed in Kabul, Bagram, Khyber, and Swat by Samar and it was produced by the Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) and Heinrich Boll Foundation Afghanistan.

Samar Minallah

Samar Minallah

A graduate of the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Anthropology, Samar's interests lie in civil and human rights which she translates to film.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Salma

    @ Samar you did it again. this is the most beautiful video ever, thanks for doing this. We are so proud of you. Recommend

  • http://iopyne.wordpress.com Imran Khan

    very well done as always, keep em coming Ms Minallah, you are doing a lot of good.Recommend

  • http://apexca.ca Jahan Zeb

    Congrats Samar, you have served Pashtuns, Afghans and humanity tremendously. Recommend

  • Noyofth

    here is the original version.. which is in WAKHI language…a language spoken in the Upper Hunza region of Gilgit-Baltistan

  • Humanity

    Awesome ! God bless you and your efforts ..Recommend

  • Parvez

    It disturbs me immensely when I see something like this. I do do hope you have success in your endeavours, even if helps one person it is worth it. Recommend

  • Adbdul Mubeen

    Very well done it’s a great inspiration piece and Powerful. Keep it up.Recommend

  • samar minallah

    Thank you all for your valuable feedback! It means a lot when the viewers feel touched by the video. Recommend

  • http://www.shasplace-share.blogpost.com Shaista Khan

    Excellent !!! Love your work Samar. The manner in which you have beautifully woven this sweet lullaby as am aspirational message speaks volumes about your creativity and sensitivity. The video simply makes one reach out to those little angels and lift them to the sky! ThankYOU for portraying the important message so beautifully.Recommend

  • jeopardy

    saman minallah, great appreciation to u nd to your work indeed..your tribune is somehow the plea to abolish the girls_infanticide.Recommend

  • jeopardy

    saman minallah, great appreciation to u nd to your work indeed.. your videocaption is somehow the plea to abolish the girlsinfanticide.Recommend

  • Umer Afridi


    You are doing a great service to humanity by highlighting women and children issues. May Allah bless you for your good work.Recommend

  • samar minallah

    Thank you all for your feedback and comments :)Recommend