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00:00:02
>> Meet Afghanistan's tech girl trail blazers, fighting gender stereotypes and drugs by making video games in the city of Herat. These young coders who are the first of their generation have already uploaded 20 games to app stores this year. But this one caught the eye of developers and gamers for pointing to a bigger problem.
00:00:20
It's got a simple title, Fight Against Opium. In the game, players fight drug lords while dodging land mines to replace poppy plants with saffron bulbs. For Katira Mohammed, a student who helped craft the game, it's more than just play, it's a fight against a menace in her country.
00:00:38
>> We wanted to share our message that we are not happy about the cultivation of poppies in our country, so in this game, we wanted to create an alternative which is better for the country, saffron cultivation.>> Saffron is the world's most expensive spice It's long been pushed as an alternative to wean farmers off of a crop used to make heroin.
00:00:55
Despite a ban, the UN says the country remains the world's largest source of opium, with production hitting a record high last year. But games aren't all the girls build at the center, they also make phone apps and company websites. After the Taliban were ousted, women got back their freedom to work, but many consider coding a step too far for women.
00:01:15
These girls are not only defying those standards, they're taking a rare chance for women there to hone a professional skill while pushing for change.