A Goalie Moves Forward

“One day in August, Fati was working inside the women’s soccer department of the Afghanistan Football Federation when an employee from the president’s office burst in, shouting that the Taliban were closing in on Kabul. Gather every document they could find, he said, and put the paperwork in a pile. They needed to destroy anything the Taliban could use to target female athletes. ‘Hurry!’ the man said. ‘We’re going to burn everything.'” An amazingly detailed piece of reporting from Juliet Macur in the NYT (Gift Article): The Keeper: How an Afghan soccer player and her teammates fled their homes, outran a murderous regime and forged the uncertain beginnings of a new life.

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