Amina Jamal worked as a high school teacher in Afghanistan. In the early 1980s, she lost her job—and nearly her life—when the Russians bombed the school while classes were in session. With her career effectively over, she turned to raising her children at home. With all her children grown up, for the last twenty years she has been working as a sales clerk in department stores such as Sears and the Bay. She spends her spare time needle-pointing Afghan pillowcases, learning yoga and gardening. Amina and Abdul have five children and two grandchildren and they like to see them as much as possible. Amina is a great cook so they gladly visit.