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Former Kansas professor who taught in Afghanistan now fears for her students' future.

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Diana Carlin
Diana Carlin (above) taught debate in Afghanistan, where nearly one third of the students were women.

Retired KU Professor Diana Carlin developed debate programs in Afghanistan for three years. Now she receives calls from former students trying to get out.

From 2010 to 2013, Diana Carlin worked with an international organization in Afghanistan. Brought in to teach debate to students, Carlin saw significant improvements in the country's media, infrastructure and treatment of women during her time there.

Now students reach out to her for help to escape their country. Carlin connects them with relief organizations and offers to house refugees.

Carlin shares her experiences in Afghanistan and what it's meant to watch the unraveling of all the progress made by the country in the past 20 years.

  • Diana Carlin, former KU professor, author for Kansas Reflector
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Connor Stewart is an intern for KCUR's Up To Date.