Maryam Ranjbar
25 years old
Master of Law
American University of Central Asia
Baghlan Province

That morning everyone was frightened, and everyone was inside their homes. There was no longer hope for living in Afghanistan. At that point I was thinking, this will get worse and I will either be forced to get married to a Taliban or killed for the work I have done for international organizations and for holding a degree from AUCA.

I was not sure if applying to the AUCA MA program would help me get out of Afghanistan but I still applied. I didn’t know I would be evacuated and brought to Bishkek. I still can’t believe it happened. When I think about everything, it just seems like a dream. I still can’t believe I am out of Afghanistan, alive and safe.