Nadia Nadim's inspiring story has gone viral on social media. At the age of 9, Nadia, her mother and sisters fled the Taliban from Herat in Afghanistan after her father, a general, was killed. They landed up in a refugee camp in Sweden where she encountered football, which became her love, her hope, her dream. Since then she has covered herself and Denmark in glory. She has scored almost 200 goals in professional football and represented the Danish national team 98 times. Her career has led her to Portland Thorns, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
MORE dreams, of spreading hope
Some of Nadia's equally remarkable performances are outside the football field! She is soon to qualify as a reconstructive surgeon - and she is also a linguist and can speak nine languages. Nadia is directly involved in many humanitarian issues, the key one is motivating refugee children to hope, dream and achieve, as she did: “I know the value of helping a person when they have no hope. I’m a walking reminder of that. All the help I was given in my life made me the person I am today." She has been honored by Denmark and UNESCO named her their representative in 2019.
Listen to her on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTsaycD13D8
"If you can save one person's life, you make the world different"
With the Taliban there are curbs on what girls and women can do in Afghanistan. But there are many who deny, defy and challenge their fate and succeed in creating their own destiny.
Some, however, need long term support to overcome their trauma.
At ASHA for Women, we are opening our doors to the brave and indomitable people of Afghanistan. If we can be of help to even one survivor, senior, or other person of Afghani heritage, we will, in Nadia's words, "make the world different".
We thank her for inspiring us and reaffirming our mission.
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