Life after Afghanistan

Growing up in Afghanistan was extremely difficult for Amir. Against the odds, Amir survived and became a refugee.

April 30, 2019

Growing up in Afghanistan was extremely difficult for Amir. As a kid, he was shot by the Taliban. His father was kidnapped by terrorists, who also burned his family’s house down. Against the odds, Amir survived and became a refugee.

One day, Amir was crying outside of a store. Someone asked, “Is that a cry for help?” Amir told them, “No. The only cry for help is if you believe there’s help to cry to.”

But eventually hope found him. Amir arrived in the U.S. through Bethany’s refugee resettlement program. For the first time in his life, he felt like he belonged with his refugee foster family.

Today, Amir wants to earn a college degree and make a difference in the world. He believes God has a plan for him, which is a far cry from that day in front of the store.

“Please continue to open the door to my fellow refugees and immigrants,” Amir says to American readers. “Thank you for your kindness, for feeding me and clothing me, and may God bless you.

Amir shares his story not because it’s unique, but because it’s one of millions.

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