Non-Profit Helps Young Afghan Women Reach Country's Tallest Peak

March 31, 2015 8:46 PM

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Today on Morning Edition we heard about a group of young Afghan women who are training to climb Afghanistan's highest mountain. Before they even start to scale the 25,000-foot peak, many obstacles stand in their path - societal taboos, a lack of gear, marriage traditions. A nonprofit group is providing the group with training and equipment in the hope that these young women will break these boundaries. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson picks up their story now and reports there are already indications of who among them will reach the top.

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Four of the girls most likely to make it up Mt. Noshaq are from an impoverished Kabul neighborhood where women rarely leave the mud-walled compounds in which they live. The hilltop enclave is called Chehel Sotoun, or Forty Columns. It's widely said to be home to Musli...

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