Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Afghan woman brings education to orphans

(Originally broadcast on Deutsche Welle English)

Andeisha Farid with children from her orphanage
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.

"When I grew up in that refugee camp I saw many children [who] lost their lives due to very preventable diseases like diarrhea, fever or other such sickness," she told DW. "People used to walk miles to fetch water.

"Of course living in such circumstances with no facilities, with no access to the very basic life facilities or human rights like school or medical facilities was very difficult," she remembered. "But in the meantime it has made a huge difference in my life as well." 

Listen to the full radio feature here.

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