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Students From Afghanistan Share Their Countries Struggles

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YAKIMA, Wash-- Two women who came to the United States to study are teaching Americans as well. The two Afghani women were chosen as the next generation of leaders. They have the opportunity to study in the United States, then they'll take that knowledge home to Afghanistan.

When Ken Zontek served overseas he spent spare time volunteering at a women's shelter in Afghanistan. There abused and endangered women are sheltered from those who pursue them, mainly their families. 

The shelter relies on strong leadership and now Zontek is helping to educate two young women to fill those roles. While in America they have a simple yet powerful message to share.

"We just want to share our problem with them that's it," said Khoshboo. "No violence because everybody is tired of violence," added Henna.

"Women's rights is absolutely intertwined with the success of Afghanistan as a progressive modern country," said Zontek.

The women presented a documentary Thursday night called "Last night. Last verse." It's the story of a friend from the shelter who was abused, beaten and eventually killed by her father.

To learn more about the women's shelter contact Dr. Zontek at Yakima Valley Community College, 574-4802.