Afghan woman brings education to orphans

DE – DW – Monday, 14 October 2013 (originally published 10 Oct)

Kids gathered around their teacher
Andeisha Farid’s organization gives orphans extra lessons after school. Image: Amdeosja Farid/AF CECO

Andeisha Farid grew up in refugee camps after her family fled Afghanistan in 1983. She returned to her home country because she felt compelled to share the opportunity she’d received: getting an education.

On the day Andeisha Farid was born, a Soviet air strike smashed her family’s home to rubble. It was 1983, and the attack forced most of the community in that Afghan village to flee the country. Farid’s family took refuge in Iran, and she spent much of her childhood in refugee camps where there was no school, no medical facilities, and not even drinking water.

It’s a different kind of environment to the one she’s striving to create for children growing up in Afghanistan today. From the colorful girls’ unit of her orphanage in Kabul, she talks boldly about the extraordinary personal journey that shaped her view of the world, and eventually led her back to Afghanistan . . .

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