70 Years Ago, She Dreamed Of Freedom. 30 Years Ago, They Threw Her In Jail. She's Still Fighting.

In the two years since its revolution, Egypt has gone through some major growing pains. With all the fear and uncertainty going on over there, it’s both comforting and inspiring to hear someone like Nawal El Saadawi — who has been imprisoned, censored, and exiled — still talking about hope.

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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