Marie Khalili Nasiri and Afzal Nasiri
Marie Khalili Nasiri is the daughter of Khalilullah Khalili. She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and had her early education at the Rabia Balkhi High School.
She was later hired by the Ministry of Information and Culture and appointed reporter at The Kabul Times ( English) daily newspaper. She was in charge of the Women’s page at the paper.
In 1975 she was appointed as Secretary of the Afghan Women’s Organization to celebrate the United Nation’s “Year of the Women”.
She is married to Afzal Nasiri, who also worked at The The Kabul Times as a journalist. They met and married in 1975 in Baghdad, Iraq, where her father was the Ambassador of Afghanistan at that time.
Marie and Afzal moved to the USA after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Marie worked diligently towards the cause of women in Afghanistan after the Taliban control in 1996 to 2001. She traveled to different places in the USA to fight against the “ Plight of Afghan women,” delivering lectures and talking to various influential groups, raising awareness to Afghan women cause.
Marie and Afzal live in Manassas, VA with their two sons Khalil Nasiri and Shaun Nasiri.
Afzal Nasiri holds a masters in Political Science from a reputable university in India. He also has journalism training and courses. He graduated High School from Roman Catholic School in India.
In Afghanistan Afzal worked at The Kabul Times Editorial Board from 1973 to 1980 before he left his country for the US after the Soviet invasion. He has written many articles in Afghanistan, India and also articles and op-eds in local papers in New York and New Jersey. Afzal’s father hailed from the Farza (Kohdaman), North of Kabul and was a political refugee in India from childhood.
Al Nasiri can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-447-1656.