Two years ago, Mariam was faced with the most difficult decision of her life: the Afghan women’s rights activist had the opportunity to flee to Germany. However, a life of safety meant leaving her little sister Saliha behind in Kabul. Since their mother’s death, the sisters had hardly spent a day without each other. They were part of Afghanistan’s first female mountaineering team, campaigned for women’s rights and were involved in the Kabul art scene. A separation was unimaginable for the two. Nevertheless, Saliha advised her sister to leave. “I almost broke up over it,” Saliha says today. For Mariam, too, the separation felt “as if a part of me had died.” With the help of Kabul Luftbrücke, Saliha managed to leave Afghanistan. After weeks of flight, fear and uncertainty, Saliha landed in Berlin last Monday. When Mariam and Saliha saw each other again at the airport, they did not let go of each other for minutes. “I finally feel peace again,” says Saliha.