Some of you will remember how powerfully Afghan refugee Shokria spoke at International Women’s Day last year.
This year she was invited to speak at the North Herts Holocaust Memorial Day event, where the theme was The Fragility of Freedom.
You can see Shokria speaking 51 minutes in at www.youtube.com/live/BjShwIf4QNE?si=G6x988NgbOzPRZe-&t=3079
Shokria talks about the terrible events in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s when people were persecuted just because of who they were, and in subsequent genocides.
She goes on to talk about the situation in Afghanistan today under the Taliban. Afghan women and girls’ freedoms have been removed; they are not allowed to leave the house, work or go to school or university. They face torture and imprisonment.
Shokria's speech is heartrending. She concludes by saying that half of the population of her country has had their freedom taken away from them.
We so admire Shokria's courage for speaking out. She is currently at University herself in the UK, continuing her Engineering studies.