(Reuters) – It was a bittersweet reunion in America for 2 Afghan brothers who’ve fled violence and threats of their nation.
Sayed Abdul Wase Majidi, whose work as a translator for the U.S. army may make him a Taliban goal in his homeland, landed late Thursday at Sacramento airport after being airlifted from Kabul after which going via U.S. authorities processing at Fort Lee, a army base in Virginia. He needed to depart his mom, a brother, and two nephews behind.
Majidi was amongst 200 Afghans america introduced out per week in the past in an effort to guard translators and others who danger Taliban retaliation as a result of they or their family members helped the U.S. army in a 20-year Afghanistan marketing campaign that’s now winding down.
Majidi was met Thursday by one other brother, Sayad Khalil Majidi, who arrived in Sacramento two years in the past. Sayad Khalil Majidi, who’s the older brother, mentioned he was as soon as a technician for Afghanistan’s Tolo TV, the nation’s largest personal broadcaster.
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He fled, first to Turkey, after a Taliban suicide bomber rammed his automotive right into a bus carrying Tolo staff in 2016, killing seven journalists. The Taliban mentioned Tolo was producing propaganda for the U.S. army and Western-backed Afghan authorities.
The older Majidi stared intently on the staircase the place arriving passengers descended Thursday evening. When the youthful brother lastly arrived, they engaged in a subdued embrace. The older Majidi’s two sons and Mohammad Safa, a childhood pal who additionally had labored as an interpreter for the U.S. army, quickly joined with extra exuberant greetings.
“I’m very grateful, however sadly my brother and my two nephews are in Afghanistan. It is rather regarding,” Sayad Khalil Majidi mentioned in a phone interview Friday. “All of those folks know my brother was working with america as a translator. The individuals who labored for the U.S. Military and the others, the U.Okay. military, they’re in peril for themselves and their households.”
The youthful Majidi additionally expressed concern for relations left behind. And he was trying to his future within the Sacramento space, house to one of many bigger Afghani expatriate communities.
“I’ve to really discover a job, like different folks,” Majidi mentioned in a phone interview Friday. “I do not know. It is determined by the way you really discover a job right here.”
The evacuation of U.S.-affiliated Afghans comes as america plans to withdraw its forces by the top of this month, and as Afghan authorities forces battle towards Taliban advances. The Taliban captured the Afghan provincial capital Zaranj in Nimroz province on Friday in what a neighborhood police spokesman attributed to an absence of reinforcements.
As a younger man, Sayed Abdul Wase Majidi and his mates handed the time in Kabul taking part in soccer. He was amongst a gaggle that determined to take one of many few jobs obtainable, as an interpreter for the Individuals.
“After we graduated from college, we had nothing to do,” he mentioned. “I used to be working as an interpreter. I’ve by no means been a politician or part of any social gathering.”
Sure Afghans are being granted Particular Immigrant Visas (SIV) entitling them to carry their spouses and youngsters, however not mother and father and siblings. Sayed Abdul Wase Majidi left alone.
As many as 50,000 or extra folks in the end may finally be evacuated in “Operation Allies Refuge,” the airlift of SIV candidates. The SIV program has been suffering from lengthy processing instances and bureaucratic knots that led to a backlog of some 20,000 functions. The State Division has added workers to deal with them.
Round 75,000 different Afghans have been resettled in america within the final decade, Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin mentioned in a latest assertion, including there’s a “ethical obligation” for the nation “to assist those that have helped us.”
Congress created the primary SIV applications in 2006 for Iraqi and Afghan interpreters.
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta in Carlsbad, California; Extra reporting by Brittany Hosea-Small in Sacramento; Modifying by Donna Bryson and Alistair Bell)
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