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4 Times A Year, These Kids Do Something 10,000 People Want To See

When kids talk to each other about their problems, including alcohol and drugs, it’s so different than when adults do the talking. And that’s exactly what goes in this amazing newspaper written by street kids, for street kids. And they’re producing it cheaply enough that other kids can afford to buy it. Thousands of them do.Oh, it’s called “Balaknama,” which translates to “Children’s Voice.”

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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