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September 11, 2007


Soraya with Sally Goodirch's son's family at a time when she was staying with them. Left to right: Eamon, Foster, James, Janine and Soraya.

A School For Soraya

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A School for Soraya

Soraya was 6 years old on the day she walked to her school in Afghanistan and was told by the guard at the front door to "Go home - There's no school." Her family didn't realize it, but the Taliban had closed the schools. When they reopened, Islamic studies were taught, and only to boys. Soraya's parents were determined to educate her and so, despite a great risk, they taught Soraya at home.

After 9/11 and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, girls were allowed to attend school again. But the schools were largely under-funded. A U.S. Marine, Rush Philson, was stationed in Afghanistan and saw how hard people were working to get their schools running. He wrote a letter home explaining how badly the schools needed help. That letter was read by the mother of Philson's childhood friend, Peter Goodrich.

Peter was on one of the planes flown into the World Trade Center. Peter's mother, Sally, says the letter gave her a new purpose after her son's death. She now raises money to build schools in Afghanistan, and to bring Afghan students to study in the U.S.

Dick Gordon talks with Sally, and with Soraya, who is now in the U.S. continuing her education.

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