A woman from Afghanistan, whose family fled from the country when the Taliban took power and is one of many Afghans who have since returned, is doing something no one else has ever done.
Behind a blastproof door and through a cordon of armed guards searching for hidden weapons, Meena Rahmani is planning her day one strike at a time.
Welcome to Strikers, Afghanistan’s first and only bowling alley. It’s a stark contrast to the world outside, which is filled with barbed wire, armed soldiers, and concrete blast-proof barriers.
Inside, it’s a different world — strobe lights, a menu with nachos and pizzas, and families enjoying a night out together.
“I’m responsible for taking part in rebuilding the country,” ABC News quoted her as saying.
The bowling alley is so authentic, so western, you'll even hear the latest Rihanna tunes blaring from the alley’s many speakers.
Rahmani’s goal is to use the alley as an escape, a chance for ordinary Afghans to forget there’s a war outside and just have fun.
Although Rahmani was just a child when her family fled the country, she always remembered its natural beauty and longed to return. Four years ago, she moved to Toronto, where she learned how to bowl.
When she moved back to Afghanistan last year, she convinced her parents to invest a million dollars into her business. She imported bowling lanes from China, and brought in trainers from Brunswick Bowling.
With Nato troops scheduled to pull out in 2014, many fear Taliban will be emboldened, targeting western business, like Rahmani’s.