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Faces of Hope Video

Meet the brave women refugees from Bosnia, Congo, and Afghanistan who are not defined by tragedy … but by courage.

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Who told you can no longer go to school?

I don't know.

Well, I didn't have any assistance. My brothers couldn't get money to pay the school fees for me. And, yet as soon as dad passed away, I was left and abandoned--

Uh-huh.

and nobody could care about it.

How old were you when you got married?

[unknown].

I was 17. We met with my-- my husband at the church. He told me that he love me and me- to, I love him and then we came to inform his parents and then he paid the dowry and we celebrate our wedding on the church then unfortunately some-- some time after [unknown] go into our village. They entered our house. They raped him. They took him to another room where we are keeping our things. They slaughtered him. They cut in the belly. I couldn't even hear his cry.

What do you think of woman's biggest challenges in Afghanistan?

[unknown].

We don't have access to the education and the environment and the traditional and customs that it is dominated all over the community like saying to the girls and any woman I don't-- I don't talk so much-- too much and don't smile. You are a girl. You don't have the right to smile. We will cover your head. Don't go outside and don't talk to-- to the people. Don't talk here with a man. Don't talk with the girls that you don't know. So, these are all the challenges that make them unhappy.

What do you think of war? What is war means for you?

Well, [unknown]--

War is a horrible experience for me because I've lost two brothers during the war so there's nothing worse than war.

What are your hopes for the future?

[unknown].

First of all I hope I will stay in good health. I'm hoping to find a job and to live a happy life.

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