“Afghanistan,” said Noori, “is at the center of everything I do.”

But then, he says, “I think about my journey that has led me to this point. I think about how much I love cycling and what I want to do with it. I think about the unique opportunity that I have in front of me.” And, he reasons, with so few Afghan students in the United States, who else is there to take this on?

“And so for me, it is a moral duty to take it upon myself. I know this is a very tough journey. But I want to give it a shot.”

By Gaen Murphree; Photo by Todd Balfour