Zar Mohammad Yousafzai got a job in the US military in Afghanistan 14 years ago. The money was good and he believed in America’s mission to eradicate the militants there and develop their hometown.
This week, his family of nine settled in a new apartment in Houston. They are one of Afghanistan who were able to escape when Afghanistan fell into the Taliban, thanks to the support it provided to the US military during the 20-year war in its own country.
The family fled on August 14, the day before the Taliban occupied the capital Kabul. Yusafzai and his wife Bibi were worried about the fate of several brothers, nephews, and cousins who worked for Americans.
Still, after years of threats and turmoil, the final arrival in Houston with the help of a refugee aid group provided rest.
“I can walk comfortably to the place,” said his son, Huzzaif, 11, who was kidnapped and demanded a ransom four years ago. “My mother doesn’t have to worry about me being stolen anymore.”
Mr. Yusafzai belonged to the U.S. Army troops in Kandahar, a hotbed of Taliban activity, and in Zabul, where the Taliban received financial rewards from opium cultivation with support from many villagers. He won praise for his performance and helped three brothers, three nephews, and a brother-in-law secure a job at the base.
He worked with Army engineers to teach Afghan military personnel how to use and maintain equipment such as bulldozers and backhoes. He also carried out combat missions with soldiers in several states, where they were attacked inside and outside the base.
The threat to him and his family has intensified. In 2015, he quit his job in the military and took up the position of Audit Manager in the Government of Kabul. But the threat continued. His car was shot and Huzzaif was kidnapped.
Yousafzai had been asking for a visa for years, but was notified last year that he could get a visa and found that he could take a transfer flight to the United States in July.
Currently, the family is tackling the problems of modern America. The trip to Wal-Mart stimulated praise for Americans, but cost the family $ 82.43. Yusafzai is also coordinating his appointments with drop-offs at three schools.
“I have a time management challenge,” he said.