It is a new beginning for newly settled refugees in North Texas. A family that fled after the U.S. military left Afghanistan is now ready to celebrate its first Thanksgiving in the United States.
The Afzal family, mentioned only by their last name for their safety, have much to be thankful for – the family of five, a husband, a wife and three children have all been given new life in North Texas after fleeing Afghanistan. the summer .
“We are grateful to the US Government for giving us a chance to live here in the United States,” Mr Afzal said.
The family’s journey began in August during the chaotic last days of the war in Afghanistan, when the Taliban took over and the United States struggled to get families like the Afzalis out of the country.
Afzal quickly became a target for the Taliban because he trained with the FBI, helped U.S. forces for six years, and joined his country’s military.
“This is an amazing father and husband who sacrificed many, many things for the United States,” John Simonds said.
Simonds is among a group of people who worked for six days to get all five family members out safely.
“We thought he was dead. The word and the talk was that the Taliban had already got him,” Simonds said.
The family was finally able to board a military plane after three attempts. They first arrived in Fort Bliss and then made their way to Fort Worth, where Simonds and others are now helping the family move out of an apartment and into their new home just in time to celebrate their first Thanksgiving.
The family is also grateful for a new family member arriving every day now – a baby girl.
“We are really happy to bring a new US citizen here in the United States. It is a pleasure for us,” Mr Afzal said.
“They are happy. They are grateful. They are just happy to be here and to be able to show the Americans that they were worth saving,” Simonds said.
Simonds urges ordinary citizens to get involved in organizations that help refugees resettle.
To help this family, send an email to [email protected]