“My goal is my mother” (2 of 6)

May 31, 2017

Athens, Greece

“I lived in Kabul. I have a big family – mother, father, four brothers and two sisters; one sister is in Norway. I left Afghanistan because I was a famous player and also a FIFA instructor. I got a lot of messages from Taliban and from ISIS that leave this job because it is supported by American people. But I would never do that, I loved my job. After a few months, I got four or five papers warning from the ISIS. They attacked me two times; they injured my eyes. It’s really, really bad situation. When I went for my job, they catch me and they attack me with a knife. After that, my family decided I have to leave Afghanistan; it is too dangerous for me. Also my mother was living in Germany, she left in 2012. I have to go there; four years it’s a long time she didn’t see her kids.”

“My goal is my mother. First my mother. Then my football and my futures.”

(2 of 6)

Photo: Saanya Ali

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  • Reply Nazish May 31, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    This is so heart breaking. Thank you for sharing these stories. May Fahimzia and others like him be reunited with their loved ones soon, may they see peace in their homeland soon, may the oppression end soon. Amen.

    • Reply Salma Hasan Ali June 2, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Ameen. Thank you for your thoughts and for reading these stories Nazish. It’s so important to hear these stories, to see their faces, and understand their suffering, so we can each do something to help.

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