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Afghan refugees on one year since the fall of Kabul

Walid Shaheed and Sayed Ebrahim Sadat on "Connections."
Emmarae Stein
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WXXI News
Walid Shaheed and Sayed Ebrahim Sadat appear on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Monday, August 29, 2022.
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One year after the fall of Kabul, Rochester has welcomed a growing number of Afghan refugees. As the New Yorker puts it, the Biden administration has a hellish task of trying to support the Afghan people still in the country, without empowering the Taliban. Meanwhile, the Special Immigrant Visa program is still working to pull more people out of harm's way.

We discuss what has changed, and what is happening here. Our guests:

  • Ellen Smith, executive director of Keeping Our Promise
  • Faheem Asfe, Afghan refugee who served the U.S. government and is now living in Turkey
  • Sayed Ebrahim Sadat, Afghan refugee who served the U.S. government and is now living in Rochester 
  • Walid Shaheed, Afghan refugee who served the U.S. government and is now living in Rochester
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."