Saskatoon welcomes 200 Afghan refugees
SASKATOON, SASK. -- A large group of young Afghan women and their families have found a warm welcome in snowy Saskatoon.
Since September, about 200 refugees have arrived in the Saskatchewan city from Afghanistan. The young women in the group, which includes their families, were all students or graduates of the Marefat School in Kabul, which championed women’s education. Since the Taliban’s takeover of the country in August 2021, the school has only been open to boys.
Saskatoon teacher Tanis Folstad says her newest students have been excelling, in large part because of the English they learned in Kabul.
“They're very hardworking and they take their school very seriously, and I can see that the other students are inspired by them,” Folstad told CTV News.
“She’s so …
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