Afghan academic rebuilds life in Italy, dreams of returning


              Batool Haidari, 37, sits on a train taking her from her home on the outskirts of Rome, to the capital's center, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Batool Haidari was a prominent professor of sexology at a university in Kabul before last year’s Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. She used to lecture mixed classes of male and female students and look after her patients struggling with their gender identity. That comfortable life came to an abrupt halt on Aug. 15, 2021, when the ultra-religious group swept back into power. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Batool Haidari, 37, center, attends an Italian language class, in Rome, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Batool Haidari was a prominent professor of sexology at a university in Kabul before last year’s Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. She used to lecture mixed classes of male and female students and look after her patients struggling with their gender identity. That comfortable life came to an abrupt halt on Aug. 15, 2021, when the ultra-religious group swept back into power. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Batool Haidari, 37, attends an Italian language class, in Rome, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Batool Haidari was a prominent professor of sexology at a university in Kabul before last year’s Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. She used to lecture mixed classes of male and female students and look after her patients struggling with their gender identity. That comfortable life came to an abrupt halt on Aug. 15, 2021, when the ultra-religious group swept back into power. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Batool Haidari, 37, walks to her Italian language class, in Rome, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Batool Haidari was a prominent professor of sexology at a university in Kabul before last year’s Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. She used to lecture mixed classes of male and female students and look after her patients struggling with their gender identity. That comfortable life came to an abrupt halt on Aug. 15, 2021, when the ultra-religious group swept back into power. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Batool Haidari, 37, talks during an interview with the Associated Press, in Rome, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Batool Haidari was a prominent professor of sexology at a university in Kabul before last year’s Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. She used to lecture mixed classes of male and female students and look after her patients struggling with their gender identity. That comfortable life came to an abrupt halt on Aug. 15, 2021, when the ultra-religious group swept back into power. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Batool Haidari, 37 works at her laptop on a train taking her from her home on the outskirts of Rome, to the capital's center, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Batool Haidari was a prominent professor of sexology at a university in Kabul before last year’s Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. She used to lecture mixed classes of male and female students and look after her patients struggling with their gender identity. That comfortable life came to an abrupt halt on Aug. 15, 2021, when the ultra-religious group swept back into power. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Batool Haidari, 37, talks during an interview with the Associated Press on a train taking her from her home on the outskirts of Rome, to the capital's center, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Batool Haidari was a prominent professor of sexology at a university in Kabul before last year’s Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. She used to lecture mixed classes of male and female students and look after her patients struggling with their gender identity. That comfortable life came to an abrupt halt on Aug. 15, 2021, when the ultra-religious group swept back into power. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Afghan academic rebuilds life in Italy, dreams of returning