Ex-Afghan interpreter living in New Haven worries of crisis in his homeland
A former Afghan interpreter for U.S. Special Forces who is now living in Connecticut says the crisis in his homeland is devastating.
Mohammad Kakar says watching the turmoil unraveling in Afghanistan both on television and social media is heartbreaking for him and his family. He says it is especially heartbreaking for all the other interpreters and guards who are still in harm's way.
"A do-or-die situation for those who worked for the U.S. They cannot show their documents. If they tell the Taliban that they worked for them [the U.S. Forces], I would say they would capture them and they would kill them," Kakar says.
Kakar came to Connecticut from Afghanistan four years ago. In exchange for being an interpreter for U.S. Special Forces, he was given a special immigration visa so he and his family could find safety in America.
Meanwhile, Sen. Richard Blumenthal says, even amid the chaos in Afghanistan, that he's working to help people like Kakar's brother, who are still there.
"I am intervening, through the State Department, to try and help the families, loved ones who may be in Afghanistan," Blumenthal says.
It's a very different story for 44-year-old Safi Ranzurmal, whose immediate family came from Afghanistan to the Greater Bridgeport area when he was 11.
"I grew up during the war against the Soviets," Ranzurmal says and adds that seeing the Taliban take over has changed all of them forever. "Because when they took the national flag down from the presidential palace and they put their white flag up there, that really broke my heart," Ranzurmal says.
Immigration attorney Alex Meyerovich calls it a humanitarian crisis and says calls have been flooding into his office from people desperately trying to get their families out of what he says right now is the most explosive spot on the globe.
"[It's] likely to go back to Medieval times where women will be at best side-lined, at worst will be persecuted," Meyerovich says.