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Minnesota nonprofits, immigrants from Afghanistan scramble to aid family after Taliban takeover


August 17, 2021


Ziaullah Qazizada immigrated from Afghanistan six years ago. His wife and three of his four kids, all U.S. citizens, went back to visit her father in July and they are now trapped in the country, unable to get on a plane today to return.

Ziaullah Qazizada's wife and three kids rushed to the airport in Kabul on Sunday, frantic to find a flight home to Minnesota after the Taliban quickly seized control of Afghanistan's capital city.

But once they got there, they encountered a frenzied scene: crowds of people fleeing and pushing to get on planes - any plane - leaving the country. Then gunshots rang out.

"She was very scared. My kids have grown up here in the U.S. and they haven't seen those things and were very worried," said Qazizada, 30, of Bloomington, who moved from Afghanistan to the U.S. six years ago. "Everybody is trying to get out."


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