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By Adam Troxtell
The Norman Transcript 

Afghan woman overcomes much in pursuit of education, career


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — In the midst of Afghanistan's civil war in the '90s, Shugofa Dastgeer and her family traveled south from their increasingly devastated home city of Kabul.

When they fled the capital, Dastgeer said her college-educated father brought along something that proved very valuable: papers. Her mother and father used them to create makeshift notebooks, so she and her siblings could continue their writing and reading. They had to write, erase, and write again, constantly taking care to not tear away precious strips of paper that were, at the time, irreplaceable.

"People couldn...

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