By now many have heard of Khalida Popal, the Afghan footballer who gained world-wide attention after she wore a full-face covering covering during a game for the women’s national soccer team.
Mr. Popal’s story is perhaps one of the most memorable in recent years and she has since continued to fight for the rights of women in her country. She continues to campaign and raise awareness on the needs of Afghan women. But she is also one of the longest-serving activists of the current generation. Popal also not only played soccer but also trained as a physician, and by 2010 was finishing her studies at Sanaa University.
Popal’s now faded image became a symbol of both hope for women and hope for Afghanistan. But at the end of the month Taliban members kidnapped her and executed her her and with him more than 30 other women prisoners as well as many of their families.
Piper Noland has been covering the story. She recently gave a report to Fox News. Here is her first of a series of stories.
Previously: Khalida Popal doesn’t just play soccer, she trains as a doctor