Soorya's mother sent her to the States to avoid persecution in Afghanistan. Her only wish is to be reunited with her family in her native country although she admits now is not the best time.
"I love my friends here but I'm sad that my family can't enjoy the same fortune I enjoy now at my school. And I miss Afghani cooking. Ms. M tries but it is never the same as from your mother's hands."
Which is more difficult for her living in America-- being a mutant or a Sunni Muslim?
"It is, what is the phrase? Half a dozen of one and six of
the other. Close-minded people will choose any trait to persecute--
the Taliban choose women and the Friends of Humanity choose mutants."
She shrugged. "My friends are wondrous creations of Allah.
My teachers are kind and knowledgeable. The ones who truly suffer
are those close-minded individuals who refuse to see their beauty."