For girls in Afghanistan, getting an education is often an act of defiance and courage.
“One day, militants came to our school,” says Golmina. “The boys escaped, but the militants came and hit us [the girls] and our fathers. They hit my father so much for allowing us to go to school.”
Golmina looked on as her hopes of an education and a future began to fade.
“We were feeling sad looking at boys going to school but not the girls. Myself and the other girls were saying that we will not be educated, we will not become engineers, doctors [or] teachers."
Eventually, Golmina and her family fled their home in Kunduz, spending three nights dodging heavy gunfire and navigating militant-run checkpoints. “The sky was full of bullets,” she says.
After settling in a mountain village just outside Kabul, Golmina’s family immediately enrolled her at a Save the Children school. Life is still hard for the family – work is scarce and the living conditions harsh, but her father Osman* hopes that through education Golmina has a future.
“Afghanistan will be built with [the] education of boys and girls,” says Golmina. “We will respect our countrymates and everyone will have a happy life… Peace will come if we all educate ourselves.”