Mariam, age 18, a Christian in Egypt, sent the following message to children in the United States.
“Christians in Egypt are not treated equally with Muslims. Also, girls are considered less than boys in everything. I want to tell American kids to thank God that you are not bound by all the things we’re bound with in our country. You’re free to be whatever you want to be.”
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“Girls don’t go out and play!” an Afghan girl a told a visitor from the United States. Traditionally girls and women in Afghanistan have not had the opportunity to learn new activities outside their homes. Some strict Muslims in Afghanistan do not approve of girls even going to school.
A group of people from other countries started skateboarding classes in Afghanistan. Girls are welcome. Students can take other classes besides skateboarding. “[It’s] not just about skateboarding. It’s about giving people life skills and hope for the future,” said a spokesman for the group.