A refreshing glimpse into a remarkable life at a time when we are painting immigrants with dark colors — forgetting that we are all immigrants.
Axana Soltan may be only 21 years of age, but she has already done more for human rights than many of us ever do in our entire lives. When she was only 10-years-old, Axana immigrated from her native Afghanistan to the U.S. At the time Axana lived in Afghanistan, the Taliban controlled the country and women endured unspeakably harsh conditions and were deprived of their basic human rights like education, employment and freedom of speech. Girl’s schools were burned down, teachers were threatened and women who spoke up against their regime were flogged and executed.
Axana’s family was forced to flee the country and became refugees. Axana has spent much of her childhood in refugee camps where there was no school, no medical facilities, no electricity, heating, and not even access to the very basic life necessities such as water. After witnessing the disparities in Afghanistan, she has witnessed the…
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My own personal “thank you” for reblogging this timely and poignant story, Hugh.
My pleasure. Truly, a remarkable woman!