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Afghanistan’s Only Girls Boarding School Evacuates Students and Staff to Rwanda

The move came days after the Taliban ousted the government in Afghanistan. “Last week, we completed the departure from Kabul of nearly 250 students, faculty, staff, and family members,” said Shabana Basij-Rasikh, who co-founded the School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA) in the Afghan capital. “Everyone is en route, by way of Qatar, to the nation of Rwanda where we intend to begin a semester abroad for our entire student body,” Basij-Rasikh stated in a series of tweets. Basij-Rasikh is highly decorated and co-founded the school while still a teenager, “with the mission of providing access to quality education for girls across her homeland,” according to the school website. Rwanda’s education ministry has tweeted a message of welcome to the Sola community.