Mursal (center, in blue) doing research in Doha with fellow delegates.
Recently, four Skateistan youth leaders from Kabul, Afghanistan were invited to participate in the THIMUN Model UN conference in Doha, Qatar. 16-year-old Mursal was one of the students proudly representing Afghanistan (and Skateistan!) for the first time ever. Hear what she had to say about it all:
It wasn’t always this way … I started out trying to achieve my dreams when I saw my country in a bad economic situation and wanted to try to find way to help my own people, especially girls. I tried to plan my life even when I was very small. I thought if I plan my life to help girls, at least I could calm myself. Then I joined Skateistan; when I entered Skateistan I saw that this place was doing what I had planned to do in future so … I got very happy! Here is a resource that is helping those poor kids who work in the streets.
Skateistan helped me to get loads of new connections with new people - like Mr. Peter Dalglish. He is an inspiring person, he always tries to find new opportunities for youth. He found Model UN and suggested us to try this. And then five students of Peter went to Doha, Qatar to do Model United Nations.
We were representing Djibouti, a small African country. On the last day of THIMUN Qatar we had a press conference; everyone was asking questions us about Afghanistan and about Skateistan and how we feel that we are first delegates from Afghanistan. At first I was very nervous about that how to deal with them but when it started, it became very easy for me. Everyone was very good with us, their manners and the way that they talk with us. I never expected that. I could say that it was a fantastic experience for me, in fact for all of us, to find new friends and meet new people from around the world. I would say that it was the greatest journey in my life that I have ever had. When I saw the whole city I thought to myself, I wish the whole world could be like this city. Everything was fancy, even the taxis. The taxis were very beautiful!
When we got our certificates from Qatar Academy for our roles as future leaders of Afghanistan, that was the best part. It was an amazing feeling and the special thing was that we met Ms. Lisa Martin. She is an awesome, inspiring lady for me and every girl who has the dream of helping others. Before we came to Qatar she helped us a lot to feel comfortable meeting her and others. She helped us to find contact with other students around she impressed me a lot. I really enjoy meeting everyone in Qatar especially Ms. Lisa Martin. We got lots of experience during this conference, and I am achieving my goals - it helped me to get nearer to my dreams!
Mursal (second from left) seeing the ocean for the first time, with new friends!
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