Afghanistan girls football team granted asylum in Portugal

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The girls on Afghanistan’s national football team were anxious. For weeks, they had been moving around the country, waiting for word that they could leave. One wants to be a doctor, another a movie producer, others engineers. All dream of growing up to be professional soccer players. Then the message finally came early on Sunday: A charter flight would carry the girls and their families from Afghanistan – to where they didn’t know. The buses that would take them to the airport were already on their way. “They left their homes and left everything behind,” Farkhunda Muhtaj, the captain of the Af…

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