Saving Afghanistan’s Female Athletes

Amid all the chaos, sports organizations, non-profits, and world governments have been working together to evacuate Afghanistan’s female athletes.

(KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 29, 2010) Afghanistan’s national women’s football (soccer) team and a pickup team of women assigned to the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul pose for photos during halftime of a friendly match Friday. The Afghan women controlled much of the game, but scored just once. That goal, which came in the first half, was enough for the win. (ResoluteSupportMedia)

Once upon a happier time, former Afghan national soccer team captain Khalida Popal told her teammates to, “to stand strong, to be bold, to be visible” as ambassadors of equal rights for women in Afghanistan.