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Defence, Governance

Mahboba’s promise

Mahboba’s promise

ABC TV – 7.30 Report with Virginia Hausseger 2 July 2009

After almost three decades of bloody conflict, Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of widowhood in the world, and more than one and half million orphans.

It takes a brave woman to roll up her sleeves and dedicate her life to fixing the problem. Sydney woman Mahboba Rawi travelled Australia raising money to feed, house and support the orphans and widows of Afghanistan. Last month she returned to her homeland after a two year absence, only to find life on the streets is tougher than ever.

Edited Transcript

KERRY O’BRIEN, PRESENTER: Earlier this week we featured a compelling interview with outspoken Afghan parliamentarian Malalai Joya, who has incurred the wrath of the Government in Afghanistan for her continuing fight on behalf of women and girls in the post-Taliban world.

Tonight we feature another compelling personal story of struggle against the odds, but one with an Australian connection. After almost three decades of bloody conflict, Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of widowhood in the world and more than 1.5 million orphans. In a nation with no government welfare, it takes a brave woman to roll up her sleeves and dedicate her life to fixing the problem.

But that’s what Sydney woman Mahboba Rawi promised to do. For 10 years, she’s travelled Australia raising money to feed, house and support the orphans and widows of Afghanistan. Last month, she returned to her homeland after a two-year absence only to find life on the streets is tougher than ever. Virginia Haussegger travelled with her.

VIRGINIA HAUSSEGGER: Today, the children flocking to Mahboba’s projects are not only thirsty for love, they’re thirsty for learning.

When enough Australian donations were raised to build this three-roomed school for girls in the Pantu Valley (phonetic spelling), 200 young girls turned up. None of the women in this remote area have ever been to school before. All of them are illiterate.Female teachers from other cities travel for hours each day just to get here.

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