Episode 2154: The Former Captain Of The Afghan Women’s Football Team Tells Us How She Rescued Her Team-Mates From The Taliban
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We talk to Khalida Popal, former captain of the Afghanistan women’s football team, about how she, with the help of our second guest, human rights lawyer Kat Craig, rescued her team-mates from the Taliban.
As the Afghan government collapsed far faster than anyone could have predicted, Khalida had to act with bewildering speed to try and get her friends and colleagues out of the country, as they had every reason to think that the Taliban would target them as high-profile campaigners for women’s rights.
— Kat Craig (@KatCraig1) September 28, 2021
She and Kat tell us about the wide-ranging efforts to get them out of harm’s way, the concerted international campaign to assure asylum, and why the struggle isn’t finished yet.
I am happy to announce that once with the great support I managed to get more than 79 youth female footballers & family members out of Afg ??. This time I got the support from the great team @RoKitfoundation #SardarNavid and CEO of Rokit #SiuAnneGill #teamwork #Power of a voice pic.twitter.com/BeWdd4zaky
— Khalida Popal (@khalida_popal) September 14, 2021
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