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    Sima Samar (2004)

    In 2002, Sima Samar became the first women's affairs minister in Afghanistan's post-Taliban interim government. Prior to her appointment, Samar had dedicated her life to the preservation of basic rights for women and girls in Afghanistan. She fled her country in 1984 during the Soviet ocupation and moved to the border town of Quetta, Pakistan, wher...

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    Archives at JFK Library Hold History of Afghan-American Ties (November 28, 2001)
    0/28/2001

    Boston: The deposed king of Afghanistan who is emerging as a key player in the UN-sponsored talks underway in Koenigswinter, Germany to determine the future government of Afghanistan was once celebrated by the American people as a champion of Afghanistan independence, according to state documents and photographs found in the archives of the John F....

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    Afghan Sculpture from Second Century on Display in Museum at JFK Library (June 16, 2003)
    0/16/2003

    BOSTON—The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum announced today that a rare Afghan head of Buddha, dating back to the second century, is now on display in its Museum. It is a state gift presented to President Kennedy at the White House on September 5, 1963, by His Majesty Mohammad Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan. Visitors to the Museum can view...

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    Recipients of the 2004 Profile in Courage Award Announced (March 16, 2004)
    0/16/2004

    BOSTON -- Sima Samar, an Afghan medical doctor who ignored death threats and defied the Taliban for twelve years to provide Afghan girls and women with access to health care and education and who, after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, became the first woman to be appointed to a cabinet position in the interim Afghan government, will be honored wit...

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    The 2004 Profile in Courage Awards Presented at the Kennedy Presidential Library (May 24, 2004)
    0/24/2004

    BOSTON -- Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy today presented Afghan physician and human rights activist Dr. Sima Samar, former North Carolina State Representative Cindy Watson (R), and former Oklahoma State Senator Paul Muegge (D) with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library...

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