Latest Stories Tagged: North America

Conflict & Justice

Afghanistan's first female pilot makes 'heartbreakingly difficult decision' to seek asylum in the US

Niloofar Rahmani, a 25-year-old pilot lionized widely as the "Afghan Top Gun" after the 1986 Tom Cruise film on flying aces, was scheduled to return to Afghanistan last week after a 15-month training course with the US Air Force. But on the eve of her departure, she declared she will not be returning citing fears for her safety, triggering a storm of criticism in Afghanistan for "betraying" her nation but also garnering support from activists.

Lifestyle & Belief

This woman was attacked for speaking Swahili. In court she forgave her attacker.

One night in October 2015, Asma Jama was having dinner with her family at an Applebee's restaurant in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. They were speaking in their native language of Swahili, when another customer attacked them, saying they should speak English. The customer then smashed a beer mug in Jama's face.