Who is Rula Ghani?
Rula Ghani is widely known as the wife of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the city for Tajikistan after the Taliban overran Kabul, an official in the Afghan Interior Ministry said. The president’s office told reporters then it “cannot say anything about Ashraf Ghani’s movement for security reasons”.
Now Russian embassy in Kabul said Ghani fled the country with four cars and a helicopter full of cash.
Bloomberg: Afghan and Taliban negotiators reached a deal for a 2-week ceasefire in exchange for President Ashraf Ghani’s resignation and the start of talks on setting up a transitional government. But it collapsed when Ghani fled the country, sources sayhttps://t.co/EqEUwJYRfF
— Vincent Lee (@Rover829) August 16, 2021
As per a short Time magazine profile, Rula has a long history of activism, and had “her work cut out for her, as a non-Afghan and as a Christian woman in a Muslim nation.”
How old is Rula Ghani?
Rula Ghani is 73 years old as of the year 2021.
Ashraf Ghani Wife, Daughter, Family
Rula was born and raised in a Christian family in Lebanon.
Rula met her future husband Ashraf while studying political science at the American University in Beirut. She had previously studied at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, commonly referred to as Sciences Po Paris.
Ghani, on September 29, 2014, paid a loving tribute to his “life partner and beloved wife.”
While introducing the first lady publicly, the President also announced that she would have a public role in advocating for women, children, and the internally displaced.
In Kabul, Rula volunteered for six years at Aschiana, a non-governmental organization providing services to families of children who work in the streets. She holds Afghan, Lebanese and American citizenship.
Ashraf Ghani Rula Ghani
Ghani is married to Rula Ghani, who as per a short Time magazine profile, has a long history of activism, and had “her work cut out for her, as a non-Afghan and as a Christian woman in a Muslim nation.”
The couple married in 1975 and have two children — daughter, Mariam Ghani, and son, Tariq.
Before the 1978 civil war, the Ghanis moved to the United States where he pursued a PhD while she raised their two children. When Ghani was appointed finance minister in 2002, they moved back to Afghanistan.
Rula Ghani Religion
Rula earlier spoke about her religion.
“My religion is not a factor,” she told The Los Angeles Times. “God created and decided for me to be born in a Christian family. It’s not every day that a Lebanese marries an Afghan. I think God’s hand is also in there.”