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Zaidi's family fled Afghanistan in the s and settled in the Kansas City area. Her extended family escaped in the '90s after the Taliban took over. Zaidi said her father did what he had to do. Although he was a teacher in Afghanistan, he drove taxis in the United States. Zaidi said she is worried that the Hazara, an ethnic minority group her family is part of, will be targeted again as they were in the '90s. Wanting to connect with her family's home country, Zaidi became the head of the online department at Tolo News in Afghanistan in Much of the younger population, according to Zaidi, grew up with social media and access to the outside world because of the internet.

She celebrated Women's Day with her coworkers in the Tolo newsroom. They enjoyed sporting events and nights out with friends — just like everyone else. Now, she's terrified those freedoms will be taken away from the millions who remain in Afghanistan. Zaidi and other grassroots activists are doing anything they can, including calling lawmakers and immigration attorneys, to connect people in Kabul with someone in the U. She said messages pour in by the dozens, going to sleep and waking up to voics from colleagues and people they know.

There was an attack that happened in Kabul. I'm getting those voice messages as soon as it happens, frantic messages asking and begging desperately for help," Zaidi said. You click on it and it literally takes less than two minutes to fill out the form and there's already a message populated there," Zaidi said, "to push our senators and state legislators to please, let's do something, these are our allies. She also encouraged people to reach out to organizations in KC, like Della Lamb , who help refugees resettle.

Jewish Vocational Services is also helping. News Local News. Actions Facebook Tweet . Activist Roya Ibrahimi Zaidi, of Afghanistan, discusses watching the events unfold in her home country as the Taliban has taken control of Kabul. By: Sarah Plake. RELATED: KC refugee service providers, attorneys standby to help Afghans Zaidi said she is worried that the Hazara, an ethnic minority group her family is part of, will be targeted again as they were in the '90s.

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