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Loved Ones Mourn The Death Of Afghan Teen Who Fell From U.S. Evacuation Plane

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

Another story of what has been lost in Afghanistan this week. Yesterday, the country's sports federation announced on its official Facebook page that Zaki Anwari had died.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

He was a teenager and an up-and-coming soccer player on Afghanistan's national youth team. And he was among the crowd that descended on the runway at the Kabul airport earlier this week.

KELLY: People clung to the outside of a U.S. military plane desperate to get out of the country as the Taliban seized control of the capital. The sports federation reported that Zaki Anwari died in a fall from the plane.

CHANG: His coach cried as he told The Daily Beast that Anwari was a brilliant young player and a very good human.

KELLY: A representative for the sports federation told The New York Times that Anwari felt his dreams would end with the arrival of the Taliban. The representative added he had no hope and wanted a better life.

(SOUNDBITE OF BRIAN ENO'S "AN ENDING (ASCENT)") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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Ayen Deng Bior is a producer at NPR's flagship evening news program, All Things Considered. She helps shape the sound of the daily shows by contributing story ideas, writing scripts and cutting tape. Her work at NPR has taken her to Warsaw, Poland, where she heard from refugees displaced by the war in Ukraine. She has spoken to people in Saint-Louis, Senegal, who are grappling with rising seas. Before NPR, Bior wore many hats at the Voice of America's English to Africa service where she worked in radio, television and digital. Bior began her career reporting on the revolution in Sudan, the developing state of affairs in South Sudan and the experiences of women behind the headlines in both countries. In her spare time, Bior loves to kayak, read and bird watch.