December 8, 2021

‘My family’s not safe’: Cousin of East Bay man who escaped Afghanistan, killed in Kabul airport attack

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (KGO) — Solely 72 hours after first connecting with Qiamuddin Safi, the East Bay man who escaped Afghanistan lower than one week in the past, his absolute worst concern got here true.

“I told you two days ago, we’re not safe,” Safi advised ABC7 Information. “My family’s not safe.”

Safi’s brother and 4 cousins had been on the Kabul airport on Thursday morning. In response to Safi, that they had their authorized Particular Immigration Visas (SIV) in-hand.

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“I heard the news, something can happen. I was so scared, I told my brother, ‘Just be careful. If you see American, just give these documents. They can let you guys can go inside,'” he defined.

Safi mentioned the lads had been in line at Abbey Gate, the place one of two lethal morning blasts killed dozens. Among the many useless, killed by suicide bombers, was Safi’s cousin. Safi mentioned his cousin was a longtime interpreter for the U.S. Military.

“My last conversation with him was four in the morning. He told me, ‘I’m in the line,'” Safi mentioned.

Safi mentioned his brother and one other cousin are actually in the ICU. He mentioned two different cousins are hospitalized.

“Everybody is confused. Everybody’s in the hospital,” Safi shared. “Half of my family is running to the hospital.”

On Tuesday, ABC7 Information related with Safi, who shared footage and movies of his escape from Afghanistan. He described his concern for the relations he left behind, together with his father and prolonged household.

Thursday’s developments have now added to the heartache being felt by the Afghan group right here at house.

“We are in pain. We are hurting. We have fear,” Harris Mojadedi with the Afghan Coalition advised ABC7 Information. “We all have loved ones back home in Afghanistan who desperately want to seek freedom and refuge. And right now, we feel like they’re being held hostage.”

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Mojadedi is placing give attention to these determined to maintain their households from hazard. He pointed to the particular distinction with this group of refugees.

“They have worked for our government. They have supported our armed services. They share the same values that you and I do,” he continued. “So, it’s important that we stand true to our principles of our democracy, and that we welcome them in with the warm arms and open arms and embrace them. Because they are Americans. They have fought to support our government and in the values that we have.”

Mojadedi continued, “It seems like in the last 10 days, people, our community, the world finally sees the pain that we’ve endured.”

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He defined that his household got here to America 40 years in the past as refugees from Afghanistan.

“They were welcomed with open arms. The generosity and spirit of this country. So this is very personal to me. This is my life. This is my existence. I wouldn’t be here today without the support of community members,” Mojadedi advised ABC7 Information. “And so that’s why it’s so important to me to do this work. It’s so important that we try to help as many people that need to evacuate Afghanistan. We need to help as many people that need to resettle here in the Bay Area, here in California.”

“It’s deeply personal to me, because it’s my own story,” he shared.

He added that even after Thursday’s lethal assaults, there’s nonetheless completely a renewed sense of activism and group. One that’s being seen and felt on a neighborhood degree.

“People are organizing clothes drives, they’re creating food pantries. We’re working with agencies across cities, counties, states. Immigration attorneys, people are coming together to rally for the resettlement of these refugees and to bring awareness to the human rights violations that have long been happening in Afghanistan,” Mojadedi elaborated.

Nevertheless, Safi remains to be in search of specialised assist.

“I need help with my family. I don’t want to lose anyone,” Safi mentioned. “As I say, this would be number six of my family I’m losing.”

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His household did contract work for the U.S. authorities, helping with safety, logistics and building. He mentioned these are causes they’re doubtless Taliban targets.

“Everyone knows. No one listened,” he mentioned about his request from assist from Bay Space lawmakers. “I told them my family, they are eligible to come to the United States. Their SIV application is confirmed. Please help me.”

He mentioned on high of attempting to assist them escape, there’s now added confusion and overwhelming grief.

His cousin who was killed in Thursday’s attack was a father of two younger kids, with one other on the way in which.

“I don’t have any answers for his kids,” Safi mentioned via tears.