These Girls In Afghanistan Are So Much More Inspiring Than Disney Princesses

This isn't the Afghanistan you're shown very often.

They're not Disney princesses: they're so much better.

This wonderful video by the BBC shows a little known side of life in Kabul, Afghanistan: the world of young, female skateboarders. These girls were photographed by Jessica Fulford-Dobson, who just won second place in the competition for the prestigious Taylor Wessing prize for the first photograph shown. 

Her brief anecdotes about them give a glimpse at at one of the things so often overlooked in mass media reporting about the region: the things we share in common.

Check out this awesome video of these girls in action.

The above video is by Skateistan, an initiative that, contrary to what skateboarders in the U.S. might have experienced in school, use skateboarding to support education. 

They describe themselves on their webpage as

"...the first international development initiative to combine skateboarding with educational outcomes. Skateistan is non-political, independent, and inclusive of all ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds."

Please support Skateistan and check out their Facebook page.

For more photography by Jessica Fulford-Dobson, you can find her on Facebook here.

H/T: Jenan Moussa.

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