After her husband was killed by the Taliban, Saddiqa fled Afghanistan with her children. They lived for a while in Pakistan with her brother before coming to the United States. There were many benefits to starting over in the U.S., including freedom, security, economic opportunity, but at the top of Saddiqa’s list was education.

Under Taliban rule, it was illegal to educate women and girls. Neither Saddiqa nor her children had any formal education. The first time she entered a classroom was at The Immigrant Learning Center. In the Literacy Program, she learned English as well as reading and writing. A whole new world of education opened to her and her children. Last we heard, Saddiqa’s daughters were attending Bryn Mawr and the University of Massachusetts Boston, and her son was doing well in high school.