The Huffington Post: A woman who fled the Taliban in Afghanistan won election to New Hampshire’s House of Representatives on Tuesday, the first former refugee to win a seat in the state legislature. Democrat Safiya Wazir, 27, a mother of two who escaped Afghanistan as a child, defeated Republican Dennis Soucy for the seat. She lived
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 12, 2018 A 27-year-old Afghan refugee has won the Democratic primary for a seat in the legislature of the U.S. state of New Hampshire, defeating a fellow Democrat who held the seat for four terms. Safiya Wazir defeated District 17 State Representative Dick Patten, who said during the campaign that
KCRA: Organizers closed Sacramento’s annual mural festival with an event to unveil new work by Shamsia Hassani featured on the wall of the Sacramento News and Review office off Del Paso Boulevard. Hassani began painting walls in December 2010 and became Afghanistan’s first female street artist. Click here to read more (external link).
VOA News January 14, 2018 A young Afghan woman living in Florida is unable to use her hands. But that hasn’t stopped her from leading a successful and productive life. As VOA’s Khadija Homa Alkozai reports, sometimes sheer determination can transform a disability into a miraculous journey.
Ajdin Muratovic VOA News July 12, 2017 Omar Qudrat is running for a U.S. House seat in the 2018 U.S. election and is thought to be one of the first Afghan-American Muslims to run for Congress. The Republican told VOA in an email Wednesday that he had officially announced his candidacy and established a campaign
Associated Press: ISLAMABAD — The father of New York bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami said on Saturday that the FBI had made “mistake after mistake” in handling the case and is now “punishing” the family for his son’s wrongdoing by barring them from travelling to the United States. Mohammed Rahami told The Associated Press by phone that the
Bernard Shusman VOA News October 7, 2016 NEW YORK — Every day in a modest home in Queens, New York, more than 100 women of Afghan descent are crammed into makeshift classrooms. They are learning the basics of life in America, such as getting a driver’s license or reading and writing English, but they also can
Masood Farivar VOA News September 20, 2016 After the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting in June, many Afghan-Americans distanced themselves from attacker Omar Mateen, the New York-born man whose parents immigrated from Afghanistan in the 1980s. After the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey in which Afghan-born Ahmad Khan Rahami has been implicated, some