By Samuel Burke

Shabana Basij-Rasikh was six years old when the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan.

To get an education she enrolled in a network of underground classrooms.

Hearing the story of Malala – the teenage blogger and rights activist, shot by the Pakistani Taliban — Shabana says it could have been her.

When she was fighting to get her own education in Afghanistan, she constantly feared she would be caught by the Taliban and often saw no clear future for women.

“I was scared. I didn’t want to continue. I didn’t want to be killed by the Taliban. My parents, they were always the ones who kept pushing.” 

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