As a result of her ongoing reporting and activist work, Horia is on the list of inconvenient people of numerous armed groups and individuals. Many days a year she puts her own life at stake in the dangerous region to help others. While she lives in the UK with her family, she regularly travels to Kabul for work: she never knows whether she will return to her family. She cannot stop, and doesn't want to. She believes in the hope that Afghanistan can be a safe place for the next generation – as it was in the early 1970s.
In Kabul, Horia first experienced Soviet occupation. When the Soviets left after the fall of the Iron Curtain, civil war broke out. The bloodiest stage of modern Afghan history took Horia's brother. He died after their house was hit by a Taliban bomb. After the Taliban's victory in 1996, the repression got even worse. Horia married and escaped to Pakistan with her young family, where she worked as a reporter and filmed reports of violence by the Taliban and other armed factions. After the 2001 American invasion and the defeat of the Taliban, Horia returned to her homeland, where she continued her journalist work and stood up against further human rights abuse in the country. Constant attacks on her home, her family and herself forced her to emigrate to the UK, where she lives today. However, she returns to Kabul regularly and continues her work. Since 2008 she has been working as a researcher in the region for Amnesty International.
She has received many awards for her consistent work. In 2007, she received the national human rights award, and in 2011 Glamour magazine included her among the 50 bravest women in the world. In 2012 and 2015, Amnesty International awarded her the Women Rights Defender Award. In 2015 she also won the prize for outstanding achievement in human rights from the Open Asia/Armanshahr Foundation in Afghanistan. In 2017, she accepted the Aspire Award from representatives of the Afghan Academy diaspora.
She has written dozens of articles on the topic of human rights and speaks at conferences around the world. She is interviewed by major international media, such as BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, France 24, Rueters, Voice of America, and others. In 2003 she made a documentary about women in post-Taliban Afghanistan.