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Afghan Girl Weaves Special Rug for President Obama

In Afghanistan, a country known for its hand-woven carpets, a 17-year-old girl has created a special gift for U.S. President Barack Obama.  It’s a carpet that she wove herself -- as a way of praising Obama’s efforts on behalf of her country.  She wants to present the gift to Obama personally.

Aisha Rasekh lives in this mud house in Shiberghan, the capital of Jowzjan province.  It’s also where she does her weaving.  “This is Barack Obama’s picture on carpet which I wove in 8 months and want to present it personally to President Obama,” she said.

Aisha says she wove Obama’s face into the carpet to express her gratitude for the American people’s help and sacrifice. “I want to present this carpet to Barack Obama, the President of the United States, to thank and commend the people of United States for their generous help to Afghan people.” she stated.

In addition to going to school, Aisha is also one of the breadwinners for a family of 10. "My dad is also in carpet business. We are 10 people in family and we all weave carpets," she explained. "We make livelihood out of this.”

Afghan carpets are produced mostly in Aisha’s region, which is in the northern part of the country.  They are increasing in popularity in world markets.  One Afghan carpet merchant says the popularity increase is due in part to the use of computer-created designs.

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by: Raul from: EL Centro ca
January 27, 2013 9:49 PM
CNN should go the extra mile and let us know of any good Afghan company who does not abuse their employees that sells these kind of rugs to help support their economy and indirectly help families who depend on this work!!
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by: sini from: Darien, State of Illinois
January 28, 2013 4:26 PM
This is especially to just one commentator Raul, you donot know
the traditions of the Afghans and talking some American media
company to enquire about abuses. You have no business to
ask that first. There are agencies every where who are monitoring
all these issues and your comment of enquiry is out of place.
The article is about the expression of a youngster facinated by
the President of USA and her expression of gratitude. U better
mind your business where ever U r. That is the best U can subscribe to these people.

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