Escaping the Taliban for Missouri
For Zamzama Safi, the Wilkens farm just south of Corder, Missouri, is a long way from Afghanistan — and it's exactly where she wants to be. After the Taliban takeover of the country, some 120,000 Americans and refugees faced a harrowing journey to get out.
The recent collapse of the Afghan military precipitated one of the largest airlifts in history — and involved people from the Kansas City area. Many of the 120,000 airlifted Afghani refugees and Americans faced monumental challenges getting out, and terrible consequences if they failed.
KCUR’s Frank Morris reports the harrowing journeys out of Afghanistan have forever shaped these refugees, as well as the people who helped them to safety.
A warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault and may not be suitable for young listeners.
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