Qasim Rahimi was born in Afghanistan. His bachelor's degree is in journalism and his master's degree is in international communication. He was a war and peace reporter, and worked as a public awareness and information director for the government of Afghanistan, for 14 years. Rahimi left Afghanistan in 2021 and came to the United States, where he is awaiting asylum. Since June 2022, he has worked as an immigration specialist with Jewish Vocational Service. Find him on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter @QasimRahimii.
Afghan refugees in Kansas City create a new routine where soccer, culture and English practice uniteInformal soccer matches every Saturday on the open fields at Shawnee Mission North High School let Afghan refugees visit with people from their home country and speak their native languages. It's also a chance to improve their English.
Kansas City-area members of Afghanistan's Hazara ethnic minority — some new arrivals since the U.S. evacuation in 2021 — are creating a community and celebrating traditions here while trying to call attention to the risk of genocide back in Afghanistan.
When the Taliban took over Afghanistan one year ago, journalist Qasim Rahimi made a harrowing escape to Fort McCoy and eventually to Mission, Kansas. He hopes to be a voice for the country he left behind.