I came to Canada as a refugee in 1999 from Afghanistan. My wife is also Afghan and she had first-hand experience with the Taliban. She was whipped and beaten on the street by the Taliban several times for shopping.
This is daily life under the Taliban.
I’ll never forget where I came from and what I left behind.
I found a job at Walmart shortly after arriving in Canada. My wife is also a Walmart associate and has been with the company for 16 years. We’ve built careers and now I manage a store in Oshawa. We’ve worked hard, started new lives and now we’re giving back.
That’s why I’ve been helping sponsor my fellow Afghans. I feel it is my duty to help my people, who never asked for this fate.
Afghans are people like you and me. No matter what colour, race or religion you are, at the end of the day, we all bleed the same colour.
Back home, Afghans need food, water, medicine and electricity. Canada says it airlifted more than 3,700 people from Afghanistan, but more needs to be done.
Thousands were left behind to face an unknown fate.
It’s heartbreaking, but for now, we need to focus on the lucky ones who got out.