Somaya Amiri


Somaya Amiri, from Afghanistan, now lives in Vancouver.
Photo by Dan Toulgoet/The Vancouver Courier

Afghan refugee wins scholarship
Adapted from The Vancouver Courier by Nancy Carson
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Somaya Amiri is from Afghanistan.
Boys can go to school.
But girls cannot go.

It is 2011. Somaya and her parents
come to Vancouver.
They are refugees.

Somaya knows two words, “hi” and “bye”.
She cannot write English.
But she has a dream.

Somaya’s dream
Somaya starts Grade 9
at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School.
She loves school.
Every morning, she learns 40 new words.
She practices speaking.
She volunteers.

Good news
Somaya, now 17, applies for a scholarship.
And she wins.

It is February 2015.
Somaya says everyone helped her
to reach her dream.