Afghan puppeteer Mansoora Shirzad with Sesame Street's new character, Zari. Photo: AP Afghan puppeteer Mansoora Shirzad with Sesame Street's new character, Zari. Photo: AP
Afghan puppeteer Mansoora Shirzad with Sesame Street's new character, Zari. Photo: AP

Meet Zari: Sesame Street’s first Afghan muppet bringing message of girl power to war-torn country

Dressed in traditional garb, Zari, whose name means “shimmering” in Dari and Pashto, is confident and inquisitive.

Afghan puppeteer Mansoora Shirzad with Sesame Street's new character, Zari. Photo: AP Afghan puppeteer Mansoora Shirzad with Sesame Street's new character, Zari. Photo: AP
Afghan puppeteer Mansoora Shirzad with Sesame Street's new character, Zari. Photo: AP
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