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Overwhelmed with happiness and excitement. Afghanistan woman we've been helping is free from the Taliban. Let's help her adjust to life here if she relocates to Westchester and give her happiness and a great future
We're all overwhelmed with excitement and happiness. The Afghanistan woman we've been trying to help escape from the Taliban is now in Germany. Professor Sheldon Malev, a Greenburgh resident, had reached out to me earlier this week asking me to try to help. Senator Charles Schumer's office, Congressman Mondaire Jones, the media all helped give Freshta a second chance at life. A true team effort to save an amazing womans life. Freshta is recovering from a road side bomb in Afghanistan. When I spoke with Sofia during the week she told me how her cousin (who graduated law school and is a woman's rights activist) escaped the Taliban. Her landlord evicted her this week - mentioning that if she did not leave she would be reported to the Taliban. Before being thrown out of her house the Taliban knocked on her door repeatedly and she had to make sure they couldn't hear her. She was beaten on the way to the Kabul airport with metal whips. And injured. She's a brave and amazing woman.
If she chooses to move to Westchester we're going to make sure that she has the support she needs. Her cousin, Sophia, lives in Ossining. Already - volunteers are expressing interest in helping her adjust to live in the United States. We need to 'unofficially adopt her' --help her find happiness, employment, housing here. Her suffering needs to end. She is a real inspiration.
Although we're happy that Freshta is about to get a second chance, there are many other brave, smart women in Afghanistan who are still suffering and trying to escape. Let's hope that they have successful futures.
PAUL FEINERGreenburgh Town Supervisor
Good Morning all,