On our second group bike ride in Darlaman, an old man stopped us. All of us were scared, but he told us: “You girls raise Afghanistan’s flag.”
Farahnaz R. was born in Kabul in 1995 but attended school in Pakistan during the Taliban era until the family could return to Afghanistan. Her ambition is to work hard for her country and become influential in government. “I want the world to listen to my words and to know that we think and believe.”
Fatima is a high school student in ninth grade. She has a Farsi blog, studies English, plays piano, and likes movies and skating. She would like to bring skating to Afghan schools and she hopes to visit “the entire world someday.”
Fatima’s family is from Ghazni. They fled to Pakistan when she was four because her father and uncle, well known in Ghazni, had received threats on their lives. Her family later returned to Kabul where she finished high school and volunteer-taught in an orphanage.