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Skateboarding for the emancipated Afghan girls

By Diana Slabinschi on February 3, 2015

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The streets of Kabul were set into motion by Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich, seven years ago, inattentive kicking it off into a gender revolution. His skateboard alurred the local kids that had never seen before device like this and also the girls.

In the center of Kabul lies an abandoned, Russian-era concrete curio- Mekroyan Fountain which makes up for the perfect place to skate at weekends discovered by Percovich, thus begining of the Skateistan has its date from 2007.

Percovich succed in creating a non-profit skate school in Afghanistan in 2009. The number doubles as now are two-one in Kabul, the other in Mazar-e-Sharif in the north, near the border with Uzbekistan. What he wants to achieve is the using of skateboard as a mean of commission in a country where disarray and conflicts prevail.

The kids join for fun and encounter with education.

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All photography courtesy of Skateistan

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