Fatima Abdullah, Afghanistan


Age: 83 -- Birthplace: Kandahar, Afghanistan

The essence of a long life is to love and be loved and to have patience during times of difficulty. My spirituality and faith are very important to me, they always have been...they give me comfort.

People from my region of the world have had to learn to be strong and they have acquired patience; they can endure and accept change.

I no longer have fears of life and death, I am happy. Every night I pray to God to make the end of my life easy, "a burning fever and a last warm breath."