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How a former U.S. military translator escaped Afghanistan with his family and started over in Texas

Lucky took his family back to Afghanistan when his mother was hospitalized with kidney problems. Then the Taliban took over the country, and the family joined thousands of Afghans desperately trying to escape.

Lucky poses for a portrait in Fort Worth on Oct. 28, 2021. After fleeing his home country of Afghanistan in early Octobe, he is building a new life in Texas. He had already lived in the U.S. for nearly 4 years, but returned to Afghanistan to help his ill mother. He worked as a translator for the U.S. military for 8 years.

Escaping the Taliban

Long journey to Texas

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