It’s hard to listen to Noorjahan Akbar.
Her English — which is one of the handful of languages she speaks fluently — is not the problem. The 21-year-old crafts eloquent sentences. Her voice rises and dips with emotion as she describes a passionate commitment to end physical abuse and economic oppression of her sister Afghanis.
No, it is the barriers Akbar confronts in seeking her goals that cause a listener to wince.
Her goals are simple to understand, at least in the Western world.