Pioneering Pilot Breaks Barriers

Sankar Raman
Sankar Raman / The Immigrant Story

As a young woman growing up in a conservative society, Safia Ferozi overcame intense expectations and restrictions placed on women  to become Afghanistan’s second female Air Force pilot. Before her country and her life were turned upside down, she was a trailblazing commander, leading an Air Force squadron of 200. Safia was forced to flee when the Taliban returned to power in 2021. Now she is one of 250 Afghan pilots grounded in the U.S., no longer able to fly.

Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. This episode was produced by Elayna Yussen, with audio editing by Gregg Palmer and executive producer Sankar Raman.

This episode was funded through a generous contribution from Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation. We’d like to thank Salem for Refugees for connecting us with Safia and letting us use their space to record this interview, which took place in March of 2023.

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