Plainview man reunited with family that was trapped in Afghanistan

Mohammed Wali praised Rep. Tom Suozzi for helping arrange for his family's safe escape.

News 12 Staff

Sep 8, 2021, 7:34 PM

Updated 1,046 days ago

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A Plainview man is thankful to finally be reunited with his wife and three children who were trapped in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.
Mohammed Wali praised Rep. Tom Suozzi for helping arrange for his family's safe escape. Wali is an American citizen who has been working in Manhattan and living on Long Island since the 1990s, but his family had not immigrated to the United States yet. Two of his three children are U.S. citizens, but they couldn't get safe passage out of the Kabul airport.
"Thank God I got my family and they're reunited," says Wali.
Suozzi arranged for the nonprofit rescue group Allied Airlift to locate Wali's family and fly them home. The rescuers were able to spot the family because of a red bandana that what was tied to his 14-month-old child. The child was held up in the air surrounded by crowds of people.
"This was really dramatic if you think about it," says Suozzi. "The idea of all these crowds of people, these young children, scary environment, it's beading heat, we don't know what's going to happen, meet at a certain time with a red bandana, gunfire in the background."
Wali says he plans to eventually move his family to Huntington where the children will be enrolled in school.


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