Pohyal Stori, son to Abdul Nasir Stori, a doctor and grandson to Dr. Kabir Stori, now lives in Germany as the third generation of proud Afghanis. The late Dr. Kabir Stori was no less than an honorable Pashtun nationalist, poet, and writer from the Kunar Province of Afghanistan as well as the chairman of the Pashtoons Social Democratic Party (PSDP).
Pohyal Stori takes after his descendants. Just like his family and tribe before him, Pohyal showed exceptional dedication in the unification of a common Pashtunistan. In February 2016, Pohyal reached one of his many milestones. Due to his efforts and commitment to his beloved Afghan/Pashto language, Google’s translation service can now translate Afghan/Pashto into other languages.
Among others, Pohyal Stori supports Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, a human rights activist from South Waziristan, Pakistan. Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen has spent years lobbying to draw attention to the Pashtun people’s plight, especially those from Waziristan and other parts of the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan.
The man Pohyal Stori
Even Pohyal is only 22 years of age; he owns several IT companies while finishing his bachelors in computer science at the same time. But let’s take one step back. Pohyal love for computer science began at an early age. Just nine at the time, he started programming. He was later offered an internship at one of the world’s best technology companie Google, where he made it to the language department’s managing director.
Soon after, Pohyal published Pashto WebFonts, an open-source database widely used by sites like Google with Bing not far off. WebFonts are a CSS feature that allows web engineers to specify font files to be downloaded along with your website. This means the designer can use fonts that are not commonly installed on computers.
The most fantastic thing about Pohyal Stori would be that most of what he knows today he has taught himself. Now he is known as a model for German Afghans who grew up multiculturally, his love for Pashto and Wesseling, in North Rhine-Westphalia, where he lives.
Pashto on the Internet through Pohyal Stori
Six years ago, Pohyal Stori developed an automated system that helps to ensure that his mother tongue and the official language of Afghanistan: Pashto (which is spoken by over 70% of the population), is automatically developed further.
Pohyal Stori‘s work is imperative for young Afghanis who are trying to educate themselves and building a life in a country other than Afghanistan.