DILWORTH, NC (WJZY) – For these Afghan families, Saturday afternoon is a time to celebrate.
“I have just fled a warring country and it is really nice of me to be here,” said Abdul Hamid Barsa, a former Afghan interpreter.
He, his wife and his children are welcomed to Charlotte with a party in Freedom Park from the same friend who helped them escape from Afghanistan, Sean Kilbane.
“Kabul collapsed under the Taliban and I have been there all along – days and nights. I’ve been to my house. “If I wanted to go out, the Taliban would take me, and brutally they would kill us,” Barsa said.
But thanks to Kilbane, he and his family were able to get on the last flight to America.
“And after 10 days, on August 25, he called me and said ‘go! Go to the airport now,’ and I went to the airport right away. It happened in 10 minutes. I just got my wife and my two “sons and just a little bag. When we got to the airport it was awful. Firefighting, shootings, so very crowded. We went and pushed ourselves into the crowd and it was a really bad situation,” he said.
“They actually went through the Abbey gate. And hours after they went through that gate, it exploded,” Kilbane said. He served for two years in Afghanistan.
Kilbane says that service members and interpreters have a very special relationship.
“The idea of leaving our team members and allies behind was not something I could stand for because I promised them when they came to work for me that we would surrender them to the Taliban and to a life of death and desperation.” ” he said.
The Interpretation Freedom Foundation has been able to provide the refugees with cars and education for jobs, but their biggest challenge has been finding a place where they can live. Former Afghanistan trauma surgeon Grant Campbell says they still need help. He also sits on the board of Interpreter Freedom.
If you would like to help, please visit InterpretingFreedomfoundation.org to make a contribution. They also accept cryptocurrencies. You can donate, cars, food and even cars. Kilbane says they also have an Amazon wish list – Amazon Smile – to help the refugees in any way possible.
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