Requests for Action & Assistance
Like radio listeners everywhere in the world, Radio Azadi listeners ask that the station broadcast appeals for assistance or action on the part of the government. The format of the letters of request follows a traditional set pattern. Initially God is invoked, followed by salutations to the recipients of the letters. In addition to the substance of the letter, a poem or a story is inserted into the text. The use of poetry, often composed by a famous poet, and the relating of humorous and instructive stories or jokes is part of the Afghan cultural tradition that requires that even a letter about mundane matters should show the writer’s knowledge as well as good manners.
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