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Meet The Bruce Lee Lookalike Trying To Bring Hope To Afghanistan

“The only news that comes from Afghanistan is about war. I am happy that my story is a positive one.”

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The 20-year-old is hoping to achieve this through his kung fu skills, and his rather remarkable likeness to martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

Alizada caught the eye of the world's media after videos of his skills went viral in his native Afghanistan.

He said he enjoys being referred to as the Afghan Bruce Lee and hopes his new online fame can help paint a different picture of his country.

Reuters reported that Alizada's father (pictured below) and mother had been unable to pay for him to attend a martial arts academy but a local trainer had agreed to take him on.


Having achieved fame in Afghanistan, his story is now spreading across the world.

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Al Jazeera recently went there to film him.

He says in the clip: "Afghanistan has so much hidden talent, Afghanistan needs me to be a hero because Afghanistan is a vulnerable country that has suffered war.”

Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

"I want the war to end, I want happiness for my country. I want us to be proud of our talents, Afghanistan is not the place for war, Afghanistan is the place for peace and brotherhood."

Alizada says he wants to become a symbol of hope for his country.

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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