Lincoln family returns from Afghanistan

Published: Aug. 20, 2021 at 5:50 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -A Lincoln family has just returned from Afghanistan and has reunited with loved ones. Family members have been working all week trying to get them back safe in the U.S. Now it’s finally happened.

10/11 NOW spoke with Hassan earlier this week, as he feared for his family’s safety. His mother, sister Syria and three nieces and nephews live in Lincoln, but went back to Afghanistan for a wedding. Hassan has spent all week communicating with them, trying to get them past Taliban check points, where his sister was assaulted for not having her face covered.

“We’re one of the luckiest people who are able to flee out or who are able to escape Kobul Afghanistan,” said Hassan. “We still have relatives who are struggling to get out. I’m basically speechless right now.”

Syria and her three children have been stuck in Afghanistan for a couple weeks. They escaped on a U.S. Military aircraft. Then they were able to fly commercial once they were back in the states.

“The past week has been a nightmare for us.. for Afghan people,” said Syria, Hassan’s sister. “You cannot get out of the house.. everywhere you go the Taliban stops you. It’s been a struggle from back home to here it’s been a nightmare.”

The Pentagon’s goal is to evacuate up to 9,000 people a day. Unfortunately, Hasan’s mother is still overseas. She’s taking shelter in Qatar, waiting for a flight out.

The family is also praising the U.S. Military for their work overseas.

“I can’t thank the U.S. troops enough for being super heroes for us,” said Syria.

The family is thankful to be home, but it’s bittersweet because they know the fight isn’t over with thousands of others trying to get out of Afghanistan. Hassan hopes Nebraskan government leaders help Afghanistan during this crisis. He also wants Nebraska to open it’s doors to take in refugees who are fleeing.

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