The State We're In, 29 September 2012. A woman escapes the Taliban and constraints of her own family to become a fashion model. A boy escapes Kabul and now creates landmine detectors. And a romance writer who doesn’t care what the world thinks of her, and her 400 million books.
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Zohre Esmaeli is an unlikely fashion model. When she was 13, she and her family escaped Taliban rule in Afghanistan and eventually wound up in Germany. Zohre tells host Jonathan Groubert what it was like spending months on the run.
After settling in Germany, Zohre had to escape again, but this time from her own family. She tells Jonathan how she finally found the road to success – on her terms. View photos.
Growing up in Kabul, Massoud Hassani’s playground was in a war zone filled with old landmines.
So his mother hired human smugglers to take him to Europe, where he’s created a new life for himself - and a new device: Mine Kafon - a wind-powered bamboo and plastic sphere that can clear landmines.
Video: Jonathan went to meet Massoud in his workshop and see Mine Kafon for himself.
Nora Roberts is one of the world's bestselling authors, with over 400 million romance novels in print.