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Young Afghan Girls Skateboarding Is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer
November 28, 2012 at 8:47 am




Skateistan

In a country where radical conservatives are literally poisoning girls who are trying to educate themselves, there is no snapshot of Afghanistan that brings us more joy than this humanity-reaffirming video of young skateboarders.

Skateistan is a non-political, independent, and inclusive NGO started by Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich, who when he went to work in Kabul five years ago found himself being begged by street-working girls to teach them how to dougie skateboard. The result, a co-ed skateboarding school, takes kids from the streets to the skate park to the classroom. So *that’s* why “Whatever, NARC” is such a popular expression in Afghanistan.

And here’s the trailer for the newly released full-length documentary, Skateistan: Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul.

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[Upworthy via Vulture]
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