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Insights into an eventful life: Reading with Latifa Nabizada

Born in 1970 in Kabul, Latifa Nabizada fulfilled her dream despite difficult circumstances in her country: At the age of 17 - together with her sister - she applied as a pilot at the Military Academy. When they began their three-year training with the Afghan Air Force in 1989, they were the first women in the country to become female pilots. Despite all opposition, Latifa Nabizada completed her training. She became a helicopter pilot and was one of the first female pilots in Afghanistan. Above all, Latifa Nabizada flew auxiliary missions against the Taliban during the civil war.

Because of her job, she was attacked by the Taliban, which is why she switched to the Ministry of Defense and became director of the Department of Human Rights and Gender Issues. There she tried to do a lot for other women, to educate them about their rights - and made many enemies. She finally had to leave the country.

In December 2015 she came to Austria together with her daughter as a scholarship holder of the project "Writers in Exile" in order to be able to continue her life and her work in a secure environment. In July 2017, Latifa Nabizada and her daughter received asylum in Austria. She hold her memories in the book "Greif nach den Sternen, Sister!" Mein Kampf gegen die Taliban, which was published in German in 2014.

As part of CORE & the City, a series of events within the CORE project, Latifa Nabizada read from her book on Friday, October 19, 2018, and told the interested audience about her eventful life.