Fariba Mohebi, an 11th grader who writes poetry, at the Mawoud tutoring centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan 13, 2022. A Zoom connection between high schoolers here and those at a public high school 8,000 miles away in San Diego has become a window for mutual support. Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

An Afghan poem inspires US students

‘Why Was I Born a Girl?’ a poem by an Afghan girl, found its way to US students, leading to a window for mutual support