The story of a 17-year-old Canadian girl who made a perilous escape from a convent school in a remote area of Afghanistan, is being told in a documentary series for CBC News.
Sarah Dominguez, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was 16 when she arrived in Kabul with her mother, her uncle and two friends from her hometown of New Brunswick.
They were part of a group of about 200 women who had arrived in Afghanistan on an invitation from the Islamic Association of Afghanistan.
The school was part of an Islamic charity organization and was run by a woman named Abdullahi, who became known as the “sister of the ice cream,” because of her ice cream-filled diet.
Sarah and her mother went to see Abdullahi at the Islamic school in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, which is now in northern Afghanistan.
She brought along a bag of ice cream, along with a few other gifts for the group.
The young women were supposed to bring home the bag of chocolate ice cream to Abdullahi and the two women and her nephews.
But as the group prepared to leave the Islamic community’s holy site, they heard gunshots.
Sarah was the only survivor of the group and the only one who managed to make it to safety.
“I don’t remember what happened, but I was crying and I was freaking out and I couldn’t move and I could hear bullets and I felt my legs buckle under me,” Sarah told CBC News in an interview.
Sarah’s mother was one of the other victims in the attack.
“They were trying to kill us,” said Sarah’s uncle, who was with her.
“We were so scared that they might kill us.
They couldn’t do anything to us.
We were praying that Allah would protect us.”
“It’s not the first time that they’ve tried to kill me, they’ve killed people before.
After the attack, Sarah’s aunt was shot in the back of the head. “
It was the first of many times they tried to hurt me and kill me.”
After the attack, Sarah’s aunt was shot in the back of the head.
She was taken to a hospital in Kabul, but died a week later.
Her uncle was taken away in a hospital bed, but later died in the street.
Sarah became one of several female students at Mazar Sharif, which was one year old when she joined the group in 2013.
The group’s mission was to serve as an example to the younger generation in the Islamic faith.
“The women of Mazars Sharif were very much aware of the challenges that women face, and that they have the right to be in education and have the opportunity to do what they want to do,” Abdullahi said.
The Islamic Association also was hosting an annual Ramadan celebration, but Sarah was not invited. “
When they were in the community they would come to school and talk about it and learn from each other, and then they would go home.”
The Islamic Association also was hosting an annual Ramadan celebration, but Sarah was not invited.
“As soon as they said ‘well, if you’re a girl, you’re free to go,'” Sarah’s friend, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
After that, Sarah decided to join a different charity group, and started working as a school nurse.
“You learn to respect and learn, to be more independent and not be afraid of anybody,” Sarah said.
But the group was forced to cancel the celebrations after the Taliban seized the province.
“One of the women who was the most important to us in the group decided that she had to go to another country, that she was no longer allowed to come,” said Abdullahi.
“Everyone was traumatized, we all felt the same thing, that this was the last time we would see each other,” said her mother. “
Sarah is now an administrator at a nearby community college. “
Everyone was traumatized, we all felt the same thing, that this was the last time we would see each other,” said her mother.
Sarah is now an administrator at a nearby community college.
She hopes to one day help the younger generations.
“To be able to help people who are still in the trauma of this war, who are in need, I feel like I can be a great role model,” she said.
Abdullahi is now helping Sarah find a job.
“Every day that she’s working, it’s like a little light,” she told CBC’s Erin Weir.
“That’s why I decided to go ahead and join this charity to give back to the people of Mazara Sharif.”
Sarah was only 16 when her family first returned to Canada, but she has been working as an administrator in New Westminster, B.C., for the past year.
Her first job is as a community support worker, which pays $9.50 an hour.
“This is the first job that I’ve ever had that paid