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As captain of Afghanistan’s wheelchair basketball team and a women’s rights activist, Nilofar Bayat fled for her life when the Taliban took over, seeking safety in Spain, where she hopes to soon be back on the court.

Speaking to reporters in the northern city of Bilbao just days after arriving on a Spanish military plane, the 28-year-old athlete spoke of her shock at how quickly the Taliban swept into the capital Kabul and of her struggle to get out.

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