Friendship Forged Under Fire

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Former US Army Ranger Blake Hall served in Iraq between 2006 and 2007. In Baghdad he met a young Iraqi known simply as "Roy" who acted as his translator. Roy was later killed in a military operation and ever since Blake has been trying to get permission to move Roy's family to the United States.

In the slums of Islamabad, a young woman is teaching more than a hundred girls to read and write. Chand Bibi comes from Mingora, the home town of the young campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban last October. But Chand Bibi is from an older generation, and unlike Malala, she didn't have the support of her family when she wanted to go to school.

Fawad Mohammadi is the 13-year-old star of "Buzkashi Boys", a short film about Afghanistan's national sport, buzkashi. Fawad was spotted for the role after the American director saw him selling maps on Kabul's famous Chicken Street.

Picture: US Army Ranger Blake Hall stands next to Kurdish children in Iraq. Credit: Blake Hall

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Wed 30 Jan 2013 12:05 GMT

Chand Bibi

Chand Bibi
Chand Bibi runs an informal school for women and girls in the slums of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad

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