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Fatemeh Abdali, an Afghan student in exile in France, wants to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor

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Fatemeh Abdali, a third-year medical student in Kabul when the Afghan capital was captured by the Taliban, had to quickly flee to France. Exiled in Paris, she recalls how her hopes were dashed on August 15, 2021, and raves about her ultimate goal: to one day return to her country free of the Taliban with her French prowess and diploma in hand.

At the age of 23, Fatemeh Abdali in Paris is starting from zero. She takes French lessons offered by the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFI) to be able to rise fast and continue her studies.

In Kabul, she was in her third year of therapy. But suddenly his journey got interrupted on 15 August 2021. Earlier women were always banned from universities under the Taliban. “I think that in any country, and especially in Afghanistan, there is a need for good doctors, and especially female doctors, to help others, women, but also girls,” explains Fatemeh Abdali.

She often thinks about the day when everything changed. “I could not have imagined that the Taliban were going to capture Kabul.” On the morning of August 15, she goes to her campus to take the exam. “The whole university was silent. One of my teachers told me: ‘Fatemeh, you have to go home because the Taliban have taken Kabul’. I just started crying. How is that possible? It was the end of my dream.”

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Thanks to her older sister – who already lived in France – Fatemih Abdali managed to get out of a French plane via Abu Dhabi in eight days. In Paris, she feels crushed and quickly grasps the obstacle that awaits her. “Now that I live in France, it is very important that I speak [la langue] To become a doctor and communicate”, testifies the student.

Like Fatemeh Abdali, dozens of Afghan students have gone into exile in France.

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