Selay Ghaffar, 28, was forced to leave her home in Afghanistan in the 1980’s after the Soviet invasion. She lived with her family as a refugee in Iran and then in Pakistan. She always longed to return to Afghanistan, she says, despite the dangers. For the past several years, Selay has been working with women and girls who are victims of violence. She has run an organization, funded in part by UNHCR, that provides shelter, counseling and other assistance to women who feel that they have no where else to go. Her organization has received threats, including so-called “night letters”, warning staff to stop their work on women’s behalf. She believes that Afghan women have been suffering for centuries and that it is only now that their suffering is coming to light. “I want to change the life of Afghan women,” she says. “They should not suffer any more. “.