On a snowy mountaintop to the west of Kabul, a group of Afghan girls practise the flowing movements of Wushu, a sport developed form ancient Chinese kung fu martial arts. With each slash of their bright swords, these young women are also slashing gender stereotypes.
In a country where women’s sport is severely restricted, the Shaolin Wushu club in Kabul’s Hazara ethnic community, is a rare exception.
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