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Nazira Karimi, a celebrated ...
Nazira Karimi, a celebrated Afghan journalist, turned to Tahirih Justice Center for protection as the Taliban rose to power in the late 1990s.
The Taliban issued a death sentence against her in response to her intrepid reporting of their brutality against women, and she was forced to flee to the United States.
"I had no choice.
I left Afghanistan.
I left my lovely country," Karimi
told guests at the gala on April 14 in Washington, DC.
Unfortunately, even after her
painful decision to leave her
extended family remained under threat.
With Tahirih's advocacy, Karimi
eventually won their protection as refugees in the United States, changing asylum policy in the region for good.
Tahirih Founder and Executive Director Layli Miller-Muro said Karimi reflects the strength of all Tahirih clients-heroic immigrant women and girls who are fleeing extreme forms of gender-based violence including rape, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, human trafficking, honor crimes, and forced marriage.
was an effective advocate, and she saved herself," Miller-Muro said Tuesday.
life stands as a testament to Tahirih's impact.
The broadcast journalist and her immediate and extended family are now happily settled in the United States, where Karimi continues to work as a celebrated journalist for Ariana Television Network.
has an unfulfilled wish.
My name is Nazira Asim ...
My name is Nazira Asim Karimi, I'm correspondent for Ariana Television from Afghanistan, and originally I'm from Afghanistan.
Caught between old world and new
And Nazira Karimi , once an Afghan celebrity journalist , lobbied editors at fashion and teen magazines to write about the abuses against women under the Taliban.
But still , America seemed almost blind , Karimi
said.I wanted to tell everyone here , every day , 'Stop what you are doing.Look at what's happening.Please , I beg you.' But it didn't get much attention..
Nazira Karimi is the ...
Nazira Karimi is the Greater DC 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
White House Press Corps.org: Afghanistan Press - White House Press Briefing by Dana Perino 12/18/08
Q My name is Nazira Karimi, correspondent for Ariana Television from Afghanistan.