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Nazira Karimi

Afghan Reporter & Journalist

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When Nazira Karimi, an Afghan journalist, began her career as a reporter in 1990, she didn’t suspect that just a few years later she and her entire family would face a terrifying saga of harassment, death threats, and violence that would consume their lives for years.

Karimi first thought about a career in journalism in 9th grade. Her teacher noticed her inquisitive mind, her lively spirit, and her constant stream of questions, and in tandem with her parents, encouraged her to pursue her natural talents.

Young Karimi quickly rose to prominence in Afghanistan for her intrepid journalism, reporting on and speaking out against the fanatical activities of aggressive militia groups who would become known as the Taliban. She decried their gender-apartheid politics and brutality against Afghan women and girls, and she was admired by the public for her advocacy. Members of the Taliban were desperate to silence her courageous voice.

In 1994, Karimi found out Taliban hitmen were planning her murder. She fled to Pakistan with her husband and children, and began working at the BBC, where she bravely continued to report on Taliban atrocities. In 1996, when the Taliban took over Kabul, things took a turn for the worse, especially for women in the region. At one point, during an interview for the BBC, she asked a Taliban spokesman about whether the Taliban would allow women to work. In response, he detained her for three hours, after which he told her to never come back and stay at home.

No longer safe in Pakistan, Karimi contacted the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) repeatedly for help, but was told there was no refugee resettlement program for Afghans. It wasn’t until the Taliban kidnapped and nearly beat her husband to death that the UNHCR officer finally took special emergency action and immediately resettled Karimi, her husband, and children in the United States as refugees.

While Karimi adjusted to life in the United States, the Taliban began to harass her relatives in Afghanistan. They sent death threats, and one night broke into the home of Karimi’s mother, brother, and unwed sister. Two men beat her mother and attempted to rape her sister, but her brother fought them off. They pursued him as he fled, mutilating his feet in a spray of gunfire, though he managed to escape. After that, all 16 members of Karimi’s family went into hiding. When they applied to the UNHCR for refugee status in 1999, they were denied, twice.

Karimi, determined to help her family, contacted the Feminist Majority Foundation, who in turn retained the services of Tahirih Justice Center. The two organizations appealed the UNHCR’s decision. As the family waited for a resolution, the situation in Afghanistan worsened. The Taliban tortured several of the Karimi’s friends and neighbors for information. Karimi’s mother panicked, begging Karimi to turn herself over to the Taliban, promising she would kill herself and her Karimi’s sister by jumping out a window, rather than be found by the Taliban.

Having lost all hope, and in a constant state of fear, anxiety, and illness, Karimi threatened to set herself on fire in front of the White House to end the suffering and draw attention to the Taliban’s brutality and needs of her family. The Feminist Majority and Tahirih leapt into action, and amazingly were able to garner enough support to expedite the Karimi’s emergency refugee processing and resettlement.

Karimi now works very happily as a successful reporter for Ariana Television Network, the largest channel in Afghanistan, which reaches millions of viewers, and her family has thrived in their new lives in the United States. Her oldest daughter is becoming a nurse, and her son works in the financial sector, while one of her nephews is a State Department diplomat and another is studying to be a doctor. One of her nieces studied criminal justice and will be a police officer. The Karimi’s case also resulted in a well-received recommendation to expedite the resettlement of Afghan women in the United States, and for the establishment of a permanent INS processing center in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Nazira Karimi Biography

When Nazira Karimi, an Afghan journalist, began her career as a reporter in 1990, she didn’t suspect that just a few years later she and her entire family would face a terrifying saga of harassment, death threats, and violence that would consume their lives for years.

Karimi first thought about a career in journalism in 9th grade. Her teacher noticed her inquisitive mind, her lively spirit, and her constant stream of questions, and in tandem with her parents, encouraged her to pursue her natural talents.

Young Karimi quickly rose to prominence in Afghanistan for her intrepid journalism, reporting on and speaking out against the fanatical activities of aggressive militia groups who would become known as the Taliban. She decried their gender-apartheid politics and brutality against Afghan women and girls, and she was admired by the public for her advocacy. Members of the Taliban were desperate to silence her courageous voice.

In 1994, Karimi found out Taliban hitmen were planning her murder. She fled to Pakistan with her husband and children, and began working at the BBC, where she bravely continued to report on Taliban atrocities. In 1996, when the Taliban took over Kabul, things took a turn for the worse, especially for women in the region. At one point, during an interview for the BBC, she asked a Taliban spokesman about whether the Taliban would allow women to work. In response, he detained her for three hours, after which he told her to never come back and stay at home.

No longer safe in Pakistan, Karimi contacted the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) repeatedly for help, but was told there was no refugee resettlement program for Afghans. It wasn’t until the Taliban kidnapped and nearly beat her husband to death that the UNHCR officer finally took special emergency action and immediately resettled Karimi, her husband, and children in the United States as refugees.

While Karimi adjusted to life in the United States, the Taliban began to harass her relatives in Afghanistan. They sent death threats, and one night broke into the home of Karimi’s mother, brother, and unwed sister. Two men beat her mother and attempted to rape her sister, but her brother fought them off. They pursued him as he fled, mutilating his feet in a spray of gunfire, though he managed to escape. After that, all 16 members of Karimi’s family went into hiding. When they applied to the UNHCR for refugee status in 1999, they were denied, twice.

Karimi, determined to help her family, contacted the Feminist Majority Foundation, who in turn retained the services of Tahirih Justice Center. The two organizations appealed the UNHCR’s decision. As the family waited for a resolution, the situation in Afghanistan worsened. The Taliban tortured several of the Karimi’s friends and neighbors for information. Karimi’s mother panicked, begging Karimi to turn herself over to the Taliban, promising she would kill herself and her Karimi’s sister by jumping out a window, rather than be found by the Taliban.

Having lost all hope, and in a constant state of fear, anxiety, and illness, Karimi threatened to set herself on fire in front of the White House to end the suffering and draw attention to the Taliban’s brutality and needs of her family. The Feminist Majority and Tahirih leapt into action, and amazingly were able to garner enough support to expedite the Karimi’s emergency refugee processing and resettlement.

Karimi now works very happily as a successful reporter for Ariana Television Network, the largest channel in Afghanistan, which reaches millions of viewers, and her family has thrived in their new lives in the United States. Her oldest daughter is becoming a nurse, and her son works in the financial sector, while one of her nephews is a State Department diplomat and another is studying to be a doctor. One of her nieces studied criminal justice and will be a police officer. The Karimi’s case also resulted in a well-received recommendation to expedite the resettlement of Afghan women in the United States, and for the establishment of a permanent INS processing center in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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  • How to book Nazira Karimi?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Nazira Karimi for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Nazira Karimi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Nazira Karimi or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Nazira Karimi?

    Booking fees for Nazira Karimi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Nazira Karimi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Nazira Karimi?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Nazira Karimi for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Nazira Karimi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Nazira Karimi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Nazira Karimi or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Nazira Karimi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Nazira Karimi for your event is available upon request. Nazira Karimi generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Farida Nekzad, Ellen Knickmeyer, Zarghuna Kargar, Clarissa Ward and Steve Coll. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nazira Karimi for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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