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.
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.
It’s always honor and great pleasure to meet with gracious people who isready 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.
We Been Able To Meet Some Congressmen&Women And Senate Staff Today. Our Hot Topic Was on All Those SIV Cases Which Are Denied or Still Pending And Those Who, Their Lives Are In Very Serious Threat While Waiting For The Unexpected Long Visa Issuance Admin Process.
Good News is, That Each one of them showed interest and been So supportive on this matters.
We Will Be Meeting More Congressman, Woman And Senators Till End of This Week.
Today, at Interpreting Freedom Foundation, we would like to say thank you to all the brave Veterans who risked their lives for the freedom of this great nation, and were awarded Purple Heart . Special thanks to those individuals who served and are currently serving in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. The President of Interpreting Freedom Foundation Ziaulhaq Ghafoori (Booyah), Cofounder Bahroz Mohmand (Blade), and directer of board Mushtaq Baqikhel (Max) were each awarded Purple Heart for their comradery and bravery while serving as local National Interpreters assigned to the United State Armey Special Forces, engaged in opration endurig freedom in Afghanistan. Interpreting Freedom Foundation is seeking help and support in order to fulfill it’s massion and honor the service and sacrifice of all interpreters, and advocate for their needs.