Torn apart by an overwhelming streak of unforetold events and catalyzed by the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Omar and Fowzia Sherzai lived separate lives for more than two decades before reuniting to beat the odds and continue to follow the path of their dreams.
“We were separated for 23 years,” says Fowzia.
“We were childhood friends. We were raised together and spent the days playing together. Our families were always close and stayed in communication through it all, but we were separated because of circumstances” and did not see each for all that time, she says.
Fowzia pauses, thinking of her past and reflecting on the importance of her relationship with her family, husband and children. “We met again through a family gathering, and a year later we were married,” she says of Omar. “We have been together since then. A total of 25 years.”
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