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Jahantab Ahmadi, 25, nurses her infant while taking a college entrance exam in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Twitter / Yahya Erfan)

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Mother seen in viral photos nursing baby while taking college entrance exam gets into university

April 9, 2018

Last month, photos of 25-year-old Jahantab Ahmadi nursing her infant while taking a college entrance exam in Kabul took the internet by storm. The images, which first surfaced on social media, were an inspiring testament to women’s education and motherhood — not to mention multitasking.

According to the BBC, Ahmadi’s efforts have paid off as she was offered admission to a prestigious university in Kabul where she will study economics. Of course, the school’s tuition still promised to be a strain on Ahmadi, but a top politician has offered to cover the costs and Afghanistan’s second vice president has promised a flat fee for Ahmadi’s years studying at the school.

This picture taken on March 24, 2018 shows Afghan mother Jahantab Ahmadi, 25, holding her youngest child during an interview with AFP at a house in Kabul.
A powerful photo of the mother of three Jahantab, taken by a professor at Nasir Khusraw private university in the central province of Daikundi this month while she was taking a university entrance exam, has gone viral — and sparked an outpouring of admiration and offers of financial help. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

In an interview, Ahmadi talked about what she was feeling at the moment those photos were snapped. And after they made a splash on social media, she said she was worried that her family would see the viral photos of her breastfeeding her baby daughter and would be upset. In the moment, Ahmadi also recalled, she worried that the test proctors would be upset with the commotion her baby was causing and might kick her out.

“It was hot and I was sweating,” she recalled, adding that she used the minimal shadow created by the chair to help keep her baby out of the direct sunlight. She lives about seven hours away from Kabul, where the exam was administered.

As for her long-term goals, Ahmadi said, “My aim is to serve the women in my village after I graduate. Women are left behind in my hometown.” Watch the full story below from BBC News.

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