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Bashar's Journey

Updated: May 2, 2018

Bashar* grew-up in a remote village of Afghanistan. When he was 15-years-old, he was kidnapped by the Taliban and severely tortured. Almost a year-and-a-half later, he was found by villagers near the Turkish border and sent to a hospital in Istanbul. He spent the next nine months recovering in a children’s home.

In 2017, Bashar arrived in the United States and was resettled by CCC's Resettlement Program. Staff provided him with extensive assistance including English language classes, cultural orientation classes, medical assistance, and employment assistance. He has undergone two surgeries to help repair the damage done to his nerves by the Taliban.

Now, a self-sufficient young man of 18, Bashar holds a full-time job and hopes to continue his education soon. He still worries about his family and, while he wishes he could locate them, he knows it is safer for them not to be contacted. He fears they would be targeted by the Taliban.

“Bashar’s journey has been extremely difficult but we are pleased that we could help him in his journey to safety and security,” said Abu Abdelrahman,

Resettlement Supervisor. "We pray that his life in America will bring him the peace and joy he deserves.”

*Bashar's name has been changed to protect his identity.

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