Magazine August 26, 2019, Issue

An Independent Woman

Laila Haidari speaks in her office at the ‘Mother Camp’ in Kabul, June 2012. (Qais Usyaan/AFP/Getty Images)
Get to know Afghanistan’s ‘mother of a thousand children’


Laila Haidari is the kind of person someone should make a movie about. And, indeed, someone did — two someones, actually: Gulistan and Elizabeth Mirzaei, a husband-and-wife team. Their movie is a documentary, Laila at the Bridge (2018).

The title may put you in mind of “Horatio at the bridge.” Horatio, remember, was a Roman officer who held off an invading army almost singlehandedly. Laila Haidari has demonstrated a lot of courage, including physical courage, and she has often stood alone. But the title of the movie refers to something else — a bridge in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Under

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