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>> From an unlikely internet star to a young boy forced to flee. Seven year old Afghan Murtaza Ahmadi became a viral sensation two years ago, after his brother fashioned him a football shirt from a plastic bag in the colors of his hero Argentine Soccer star Lionel Messi. Despite meeting his idol, his sudden fame caused problems with his family, members of the Hazara ethnic minority.
His mother says his son's fame meant the family were no longer free to go outside, and her children couldn't go to school. Then, a Taliban attack in their home city of Ghazni about two hours drive south of the capital, forced the family to flee to Kabul.>>
>> Murtaza told Reuters, he's afraid to go outside, but still wants to go to school and become a footballer like Messi. Ghazni has been the scene of intense fighting this year. The Taliban briefly overran the city in August, and thousands have been forced to flee. But this young boy still dreams of a brighter future.