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Afghan Refugee Girls Teacher Wins UN Award

An Afghan refugee who has dedicated her life to teaching refugee girls in Pakistan has won the 2015 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award. Despite limited resources, cultural traditions against educating women and her own personal struggles from her life in exile, 49-year-old Aqeela Asifi won over her conservative Afghan community and persuaded parents to send their daughters to her makeshift tent school at the Kot Chandana refugee village in Mianwali, a district in Pakistan’s Punjab...

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