In Afghanistan, 60% of the organization’s students come from impoverished backgrounds; some are refugees, and a few live on the street. When Fulford-Dobson visited, the Taliban launched a series of attacks around the city, and the school closed down for days. For many girls, skateboarding is their only source of fun.
Despite such troubles, the girls exhibit just as much natural spirit and joy as any American kid. “One amazing thing about skateboarding is that it demonstrates — perhaps more than other sports — just how tough and resilient these girls, or any girls, can be,” Fulford-Dobson said. “They hurl themselves forward with unstoppable courage, and if they take a tumble they bounce right up again, running back to the queue and cheering on their friends.”
The pictures are stunning: