Saved by skateboarding.

Their role models might have been the war lords – but now they are the other kids who are making something of themselves Ollie Percovich, Skateistan founder
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They're the street girls from Afghanistan who are taking up skateboarding to save their lives.

Hundreds of young girls in the war-torn country have signed up with charity Skateistan to get off the streets and back into school.

The chaos and destruction of 30 years of war in Afghanistan have created a country where children have few role models - and instead see dangerous fanatical figures and murderous war lords as the leaders of society.

But the charity are now working to create a new generation of leaders in the country, and recently opened their first outdoor skatepark in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

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Here come the girls: at Skateistan's new facility in Mazar-e-Sharif, more than 40 per cent of their pupils are girls. Founder Ollie said: 'We want the girls to see one another as role models instead of the war lords who would drive around town with a car load of men who are waving guns around' 

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25 Dec, 2016