Afghan women's soccer team escapes Taliban control, 강력한 팀원들 덕분에

전 아프간 여자축구 주장 칼리다 포팔이 핵심이었다. “플레이어” 소녀들과 다른 사람들을 내보내는 데 있어.

“그들의 가족 중 일부는 탈레반에 의해 살해되거나 납치되었습니다.,” 포팔이 말했다. “So the danger and distress was very high, and that’s why it was very important to move very fast to get them outside Afghanistan.

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Former Afghanistan women's football captain Khalida Popal poses for a photographer at Farum Park stadion on Dec. 21, 2020. Popal played an important role in getting the Afghan girls out of the country.

Former Afghanistan women’s football captain Khalida Popal poses for a photographer at Farum Park stadion on Dec. 21, 2020. Popal played an important role in getting the Afghan girls out of the country. (TARIQ MIKKEL KHAN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

But with the departure of U.S. 군대, getting them out was not easy.

They were brought from the western city of Herat, they hid out in dangerous Kabul and were smuggled across the border to Pakistan, literally beaten all the way. All of this needed a lot of coordination courtesy of ROKiT Foundation head Siu-Anne Marie Gill. And a lot of funding.

We had a position where we could do something about it,” ROKiT Group CEO Jonathan Kendrick told Fox News. “We rolled the dice, didn’t really think about the full consequences of it, just got it done, and that’s what we did.

Khalida Popal, former captain of the Afghan women's national football team, speaks during the FIFA Annual Conference for Equality &앰프; Inclusion at the Home of FIFA in March 2017 in Zurich, 스위스.

Khalida Popal, former captain of the Afghan women’s national football team, speaks during the FIFA Annual Conference for Equality &앰프; Inclusion at the Home of FIFA in March 2017 in Zurich, 스위스. (Valeriano Di DomenicoFIFA via Getty Images)

But they weren’t safe yet. As they waited at a hotel in Lahore, 파키스탄, their temporary visas were running out. They were at risk of being sent back to Afghanistan and the horrors of the Taliban. That’s when high-profile Rabbi Moshe Margaretten from New York and his Tzedek organization active in social causes, came up with a plane.

I realize what’s going on there, how horrible the situation is,” Margaretten said, “and I know my parents and grandparents are Holocaust survivors [과] even went through a similar situation. I felt I’m not going to sit idle and do whatever I can to save those lives.

Kim Kardashian West attends the WSJ Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards at MOMA on Nov. 6, 2019, 뉴욕시. The star helped to find Afghan girls a new home.

Kim Kardashian West attends the WSJ Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards at MOMA on Nov. 6, 2019, 뉴욕시. The star helped to find Afghan girls a new home. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Paying for the plane? An unlikely partner of the rabbi on some missions: Kim Kardashian West and her clothing line. She tweeted that her shapewear companyand I are so grateful to be able to help bring these amazing courageous women and their families to their new home.

With U.K. officials sorting out visas and a lot of paperwork, and with their COVID-19 quarantine behind them, the girls and families are set to start a new life in England. The British Leeds soccer team is even offering to get the girls back on the field, offering to sponsor them as they hope to score a big victory over the Taliban.

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