Shakiba A.

Shakiba, 29 years old, married, and the mother of a 2-year old son, is a self-taught artist.

She and her family fled Afghanistan, where they lived in a region controlled by the Taliban.  Theirs is a somewhat untraditional family in that Shakiba’s husband has actively encouraged his wife to pursue her dream of becoming an artist, although this kind of independence for women can be frowned upon within their society.

Shakiba was pregnant when she made the arduous journey, on foot and then by dinghy, from Afghanistan through Turkey and to Greece.  The family has now been granted three-year subsidiary protection