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Response to attacks on Afghan girls

Ellen Smith, Zainab Hussaini, and Ferdows Ahmadi on "Connections."
Emmarae Stein
Ellen Smith, Zainab Hussaini, and Ferdows Ahmadi appear on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Friday, October 7, 2022.

A suicide bombing primarily targeting young girls in Afghanistan has sparked worldwide outrage. The attack hit the Kaaj learning center in Kabul in a predominantly Hazara neighborhood. Hazaras are largely Shia Muslims who have been targeted by Sunni Muslims. Fifty-three people were killed in the Kabul bombing. Since the Taliban takeover in 2021, attacks against Hazaras have become common, and girls attempting to go to school are at particularly high risk.

Our guests discuss the atrocities:

  • Ellen Smith, executive director of Keeping Our Promise 
  • Zainab Hussaini, women's rights advocate, and county manager of the Afghan Skateboarding Training Association
  • Ferdows Ahmadi, former assistant to the U.S. government in Afghanistan, and Afghan native now living in Rochester on a Special Immigrant Visa
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.