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2015 Courageous Voice Honoree. Photo credit: Paul Morigi | Courageous Voice Honoree Shares Her Unfulfilled Wish
is the Greater DC
2015 Courageous Voice Honoree. Photo credit: Paul Morigi
It was this same spirit that the Taliban
sought to crush when they decided to murder Nazira
for speaking out against their brutality, fanatical activities, and gender-apartheid politics.
What followed was a horrifying ordeal, as Nazira
entire family endured persistent violent harassment for years.
Only when the entire family resettled in the United States as refugees, thanks to the tireless efforts of Tahirih
in tandem with the Feminist Majority Foundation
, were they able to safely and happily rebuild their lives.
recalled how it felt to be forced to flee her
homeland, and to have the threat of death hanging over her
"I had no choice.
I left Afghanistan.
I left my lovely country," Nazira
told gala guests.
painful journey did not end with her
heart-wrenching decision to flee her
revealed that after she
immediate family had been relocated to the United States through emergency UNHCR action, she
received a different sort of death threat; her
mother vowed to kill herself and Nazira's sister to end their suffering, rather than risk being found by the Taliban
At this point in the evening, Nazira
paid special tribute to her
mother's strength through what she
calls 'the dark days.'
Several times throughout her
paused to recognize the bravery of her
family, and to thank Tahirih
for their work in bringing her
family to the United States.
"Today I'm still alive," she
stated proudly, "Tahirih
Justice Center saved my life and my family's life."
The Karimi's case resulted in a well-received recommendation to expedite the resettlement of Afghan women in the United States, and for the establishment of a permanent INS processing center in Islamabad, Pakistan.
"Immigration law changed because of the wonderful job of Tahirih
Justice Center," Nazira
has faith that terrorist organizations such as the Taliban
and ISIS will be defeated- thanks to Tahirih
Justice Center and organizations like it that fight for human rights every day.
Today, Nazira continues her intrepid reporting as a journalist with Afghanistan's largest private media outlet, Ariana Television Network.
family have found safety and dignity in the United States, but one of Nazira's wishes remains unfulfilled.
"Women still suffer.
They're still suffering not only in Afghanistan - around the world.
That's very sad.
My wish as a woman who suffered in Afghanistan, my hope, is that one day women will be equal.
One day women will be free," Nazira