Natalie Camou

Syracuse University

Born in Afghanistan, Shakiba married her husband at the age of 11. Ten years later, after enduring daily beatings, she found out she was pregnant. When she considered an abortion, her husband threatened to kill her. Shakiba and her five children have sought refuge five times since—in Pakistan, then Iran, later India, Turkey and, finally, in the U.S. Each time she has had to learn a new language, adapt to a different way of living, and find a way to thrive.