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Afghan family who helped US troops find a new home in Charlotte


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (WBTV) – A kind of homecoming for a new Charlotte family. An Afghan interpreter, his wife and three daughters, evacuated during the US withdrawal two months ago, now have a roof over their heads in North Carolina. He and his family have found a new home in Weddington.

It was an amazing day filled with signs, balloons and flags. An Afghan family who helped America through its tough times were on the verge of having a life they never expected.

“Culture shock probably doesn’t even begin to describe what they are feeling and experiencing.” Paul Cruz with Hunter Farm said.

A homecoming for one of Charlotte’s new citizens.

“To see a happy family delivered from Afghanistan is a good day,” said Senator Thom Tillas, who was also present.

The caravan stopped under a giant American flag with dozens of people on hand to welcome the family from afar to their new home.

“We escaped from Afghanistan.”

Johnny, as he is called, was an Afghan translator for the US coalition stationed with the 82nd Airborne. It was a high risk mission. Almost 60 percent of the soldiers he served with were wounded in combat. When it was time to leave the country in August, Johnny, his wife and three daughters were able to come to the United States to start a new life right here in Charlotte.

“My wife and three children are safe, so there is no problem. Here we feel safe, so we feel excited and we feel happy. Johnny told WBTV.

It didn’t take long for them to start enjoying their new home country. Their daughters holding American flags and swinging on tire swings become children again. Far from uncertainty and gunfire.

“I think of pride. Good future, this good country with a great nation. Johnny said.

The folks at Hunter Farms even donated a house to Johnny and his family until they could get back on their feet and better understand what their life has in store for them.

“Our family looked at each other and basically said we have to do it, so we can do it,” Cruz told us.

Even some of the American soldiers Johnny served with showed up today to welcome him to his home.

“God knows how many American lives are here today who owe their lives to their children who owe their lives to men like Johnny,” said Sean Kilbane with Interpreting Freedom Group.

As for Johnny and his family’s sequel, it may be too early to tell. A few deep breaths and a look around to see what this new life has to offer.

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