Razia Jan is fighting to educate girls in rural Afghanistan, where terrorists will stop at nothing to keep them from learning.
Despite the threat of violence, Jan continues to open the doors of her Zabuli Education Center. She and her team are providing a free education to about 350 girls, many of whom would not normally have access to school.
CNN asked Jan for her thoughts on being chosen as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012.
CNN: Where were you when you got the call that you'd been selected as a top 10 CNN Hero?
Razia Jan: I was in Bamiyan (an Afghan town northwest of Kabul) when I got a call in my room.
I could not believe my ears. I started to cry, then I felt a great joy, and I started to laugh. I started to jump up and down.
It is the greatest honor to be among these selfless human beings.
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