Afghan translator for U.S. Special Forces become U.S. citizen

Afghan translator for U.S. Special Forces becomes U.S. citizen​
Zia “Booyah” Ghafoori took the pledge Thursday in Charlotte.
The pledge to become an American Citizen took only a few moments, but getting to this moment was years in the making for Zia “Booyah” Ghafoori.

“I’m speechless.”

Standing with 90 other people from 45 other nations Ghafoori and others stood together to become Americans inside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Charlotte Field Office Thursday.

“I was on the front-line.”

Ghafoori’s family fled Afghanistan after the Taliban came to power. Shortly after 9-11 he came back to interpret for the American Special Forces going to “the front lines.” Awarded a Purple Heart for his service, Ghafoori applied for Special Immigrant Visa bringing him and his family to Charlotte.

“We help all those guys that they left behind.”

Ghafoori started a non-profit, Interpreting Freedom Foundation, to help brave men and women like him who are still serving with U.S. Forces. “They deserve to be here. They’re still struggling with their life and they’re hiding from the Taliban, and Isis.”

Now, fully American, Ghafoori takes a moment to reflect on his journey here.

“My dream from there, and that dream became true today. I am proud to be an American.

Mike Hanson
11:05 PM EST January 9, 2020
11:05 PM EST January 9, 2020


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It’s always honor and great pleasure to meet with gracious people who is  ready to help others. 

Zoby Pardis Board Director For IFF met Mrs. Samaneh Olfati founder of MERCI and two of her organization members. We discussed mostly on the middle-eastern Immigrants resettlement and challenges here at Sacramento. Indeed, most of the discussions were about Afghan women and the challenges they are facing with the start of a new life from language classes to driving, education and job opportunities. We communicate on how we could empower them to be stress free and successful now and in the future. 

 As result both parties found various ways and solutions to start helping the Afghan women and new Immigrant here in Sacramento. The IFF has the pleasure to find and start some projects in the nearest future on the particular topic.IMG_6856