Omar Ahmadi, 26
I used to be born in 1996 in the course of the darkish days of the Taliban’s first regime in Afghanistan. My father was the Kabul Bureau’s chef for The New York Occasions. When the household was in probably the most troublesome financial scenario, my father may have despatched us to do onerous labor to assist the household, however he selected to teach us as an alternative. My life path was formed by his alternative.
My brothers, little sister and I all went to highschool. After graduating from highschool and incomes an affiliate diploma in know-how, I made a decision I needed to review worldwide relations and diplomacy, to attempt to perceive what was occurring in my nation within the title of warfare and terrorism.
My dream was for my homeland to maneuver towards the sunshine of peace and prosperity. It’s a dream shared by hundreds of my classmates in Afghanistan.
To assist assist the household, I labored with a telecommunications firm in Afghanistan in the course of the day, and went to college within the night. I bear in mind staying awake till late at night time to review, after which waking up early within the morning to go to work. It was a troublesome time, however the dream of a greater tomorrow motivated me to work onerous.
Then, in August of final 12 months, every little thing collapsed. Regardless of the 20-year journey of combating in opposition to the Taliban, my household and I needed to to migrate for our lives.
I graduated from college in exile. I had my diploma in hand, however I had misplaced my homeland.
No matter occurs, I nonetheless hope and consider in a greater tomorrow for my homeland, so I’ll proceed my schooling. As a scholar of worldwide relations, I’ve discovered that regimes just like the Taliban that impose themselves on nations is not going to final lengthy. From my understanding of the up to date historical past of Afghanistan, it’s clear to me that these instances in historical past are passing, and other people will sooner or later determine their very own destinies once more.