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Afghan woman receives the Woman of Courage Award

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Afghan woman receives the Woman of Courage Award

malalaiUS First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry presented the esteemed International Women of Courage Award to Second Lieutenant Malalai Bahaduri, the First Sergeant in the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan’s National Interdiction Unit (NIU).

Ms. Bahaduri joined the Counter Narcotics Police after leaving her job as a telecommunications operator to pursue a career in law enforcement. While she was fully supported by her husband, Bahaduri received and is continuing to receive death threats and physical abuse from her uncle, who broke her nose after discovering about her career decision.

The threats did not deter Bahaduri to achieve success. She was eventually recognized when she was selected and became the first female member of the NIU.

“She plays an integral role in the Afghan effort to target the most significant drug trafficking networks, collect evidence and arrest and prosecute drug traffickers in accordance with Afghan law. She has developed a strong reputation for duty and excellence among the Afghan members of the NIU, as well as with her US advisers and mentors,” the State Department said.

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