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Escaping the Taliban for Missouri

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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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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love and edited by Gabe Rosenberg & Lisa Rodriguez.

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.