What Gives You Hope Away From Home? – Mohammad Razi Ahmadi

By USCRI June 20, 2023

The Darkest Day

15 August of 2021 marked the darkest day in the past 20-year history of my life. My country had fallen to the hand of the Taliban – a group whose leaders were on the blacklist of the United Nations. They had control over the whole nations who somehow practiced the democratic process with support of the international community. Afghan people were fearful for their future as they had terrible experiences of living under their brutal ruling 20-years ago. Therefore, everyone tried to find a way to leave Afghanistan.

Under the shadow of the Taliban

The Taliban made several restrictions over immigrations process. For instance, they closed the passport department for a while to the public, while they issued many passports for their officials and employees. Besides, the broker were active. People had to pay USD 1,200-1,500 for a passport. I still remember the days and nights how difficult getting the passports for my family members was. I lost my hope. I was thinking about the future of my daughters after the Taliban banned schools, universities, and entertainment centers. The loss of jobs was another big concern. The ten months living under the Taliban rules was the most difficult time for me and my family members.

Light Despite the Taliban Shadow

Despite the heaviness of the darkest shadow of the Talban over my family, there was a little but hopeful light that without doubt would make my daughters’ future bright. This was the only hope for my family. Leaving our homeland was not easy because we were at the moment to leave whatever we gained so far, however, most of those values were meaningless when Taliban took over. Being away from our families, relatives, and friends was a big concern which accompanied us to the US. The only thing that energized us was going away from these dark days.

The Brightest Time

On 25 August of 2022, just a year later, this dark page turned out to the brightest one for my family members. We resettled southwest of Houston city. We started everything from zero. We have found some Afghan communities to make friends as well as several Americans friends to ease our integration in the new community. Despite some challenges ahead of our integration, there are many opportunities as well. Though cultural differences created some challenges at the beginning, the number of opportunities are significant. Using such opportunities to start a new life, brings hopes and joys while you are away from home.


– Mohammad Razi Ahmadi


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