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Sesame Street welcomed a new muppet from Afghanistan


Sesame Street is adding a new Afghan muppet to the team. The company made the announcement Thursday on Instagram, posting a picture of the newest muppet with the caption "Meet Zeerak".

Sesame Street's first Afghan muppet was a 6-year-old girl named Zari, who symbolized female empowerment.

She made her debut on the Afghan "Sesame Street" spinoff, "Baghch-e-Simsim" a few months ago. The show is for preschoolers and is funded by the U.S. Department of State. The name “Zeerak” translates into “smart” and “talented” in Dari and Pashto.

Thousands of people liked the Instagram post.

"I'm loving how diverse Sesame Street is becoming! I watched it religiously as a kid and am now love watching my Niece fall I love with all the characters as well!" one person wrote.

Some took to Twitter and said that they thought the new muppet was a great idea.

But not everyone was a fan.

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