Climbing got her out of Afghanistan. She needs lawmakers to let her stay in the U.S.

Mina Bakhshi (left) has been living in Raleigh, N.C., since 2021. She was evacuated from Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of her country. Bakhshi, an avid climber, is shown here with her mentor and fellow climber, Anne McLaughlin. When Mina Bakhshi starts orientation at Swarthmore College this week, she’ll have many things in common with the other students in this year’s freshman class. She likes to hang out with friends and go rock climbing, and she’s still not sure what she wants to major in.

But her path to the Pennsylvania college on a full-ride scholarship was also decidedly different […]

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