For the past six years, the American NGO Ascend has helped Afghan girls train to become mountain climbers.
These girls defied societal norms and expectations to climb some of the country’s highest mountain peaks.
“We’ve had girls coming through every year learning to be leaders through athletics, specifically mountain climbing. They’re also very involved in their communities. They’re outspoken women’s rights activists,” said Marina LeGree, the founder and executive director of Ascend. “They represented a whole new face — a whole new hope for Afghanistan — and now they are left to the wolves.”