Exiled Afghan president’s daughter, Mariam Ghani seen strolling in New York City, sends message to Afghanistan
The daughter of exiled Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has been spotted in the United States after her father was forced to seek asylum in Dubai after the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
Mariam Ghani, 42, was photographed strolling with a friend on Thursday, August 19, after her father was granted asylum in Dubai on ‘humanitarian grounds’ after fleeing Afghanistan in a helicopter allegedly loaded with $169 million in cash.
Ghani has been in New York City for several years, settling in a loft in a luxury co-op in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighbourhood, according to the New York Post.
The visual artist and filmmaker were born and raised in the United States, and she has spent her adult life establishing a career in art and teaching.
Her work has been exhibited in museums worldwide, including the Tate Modern in London and the Guggenheim and MOMA in New York.
She attended New York University as well as the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She joined the faculty of Vermont’s Bennington College in 2018.
According to her Guggenheim biography, Ghani grew up in “exile” and was unable to travel to Afghanistan until she was 24 years old, in 2002.
Ghani, who has refused to speak with reporters about the Taliban’s ongoing takeover of Afghanistan, is urging Americans to advocate for Afghans whose lives have been and continue to be impacted by the insurgency.
She responded to the question, ‘What can we do to help Afghans right now?’ on social media on Tuesday.
‘Thank you to everyone who has checked in and reached out in solidarity over the last few days. It means a lot to me,’ she wrote, adding that she is ‘working feverishly to do anything [she] can on their behalf.’