Afghani Hero

By Kristen Johnson

It’s always a great day when we get to hear about a hero – particularly a female hero in Afghanistan where women have extremely limited rights. 87% of the females in Afghanistan are illiterate, and 70-80% are forced into marriages, with 54% of those aged 15-19. (The New Economy).

Fighting against these kind of odds are miraculous in and of itself, but then we see someone like Laila Haidari, who founded a shelter for drug addicts although she has no training as a counselor. 3,600 people have left the facility recovered! Haidiri saw the huge need whenever she passed the Pul-e Sokhta bridge in Kabul where literally hundreds of addicts live in deplorable conditions. She fought cultural norms for women and worked with family and friends to start a drug treatment facility. Now the facility runs a restaurant that provides jobs for people who have been in the program as well as providing income for the treatment facility. (Christian Science Monitor).

I have no idea what religious ideology Ms. Haidari ascribes to, though 99% of those living in Afghanistan are Muslims. (GlobalSecurity.org). But, Ms. Haidari is certainly living to serve her neighbor, as Christians are required to do.

Christians can certainly learn a lot from Laila Haidari’s focus on helping those in need. She saw a need and filled it, in spite of incredible odds. We should always do the same.

Matthew 5:16 (NRSV): In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Serve all with love.

Photo courtesy of: stocksnap.io

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