Two young Afghan sisters travel through Afghanistan to escape the Taliban

Taliban fighters armed with AK-47s fired warning shots at the rising crowd at the entrance to Kabul airport. Fourteen-year-old Maryam Mohammadi shook. Her 3-year-old sister, Mehrsa, started crying. “Do not be afraid,” said the older girl. “It’s just a game.”

The sisters and their grandmother had been standing for hours on August 21, part of a group that had been approved to fly out of the Taliban-controlled Afghan capital. They would first go to Ukraine and then hoped to join the girls’ parents in the United States

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