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Unformatted text preview: It is the spring of 1994 and the day of Laila and Mariam's planned escape. Laila and Mariam wait for Rasheed to leave for work. Shortly after, with Aziza in tow, they catch a taxi to the bus station. Both women are extremely nervous but hopeful. Their first challenge will be to find a man to travel with to Pakistan, as the current law dictates that no woman can travel without the company of a male relative. Their next challenge will be entering Pakistan — Peshawar is already flooded with Afghani refugees. At the bus station, Laila and Mariam scout for men who look kind-hearted. Laila spots a man traveling with his wife and child and approaches him. Laila tells the man the story she and Mariam have agreed on: that Mariam is her mother and they're both widows traveling to live with an uncle in Peshawar. The man agrees to help and purchases bus tickets for them. But as they queue for the Peshawar....
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- Laila, Mariam