By Olivia Anderson | firstname.lastname@example.org Alexandria Times, Jan 5, 2022
In late July 2021, a friend strongly urged Arafat Safi to flee his home in Afghanistan. Rumblings of a Taliban takeover had been pulsing through communities and Safi’s job as a senior advisor to the minister of foreign affairs made him particularly vulnerable, his friend cautioned.
Safi had heard the rumblings, as well as rumors that there would not be a forceful military occupation but instead a political settlement or shared government agreement.
He initially brushed off this advice, but it quickly became apparent that he would need to uproot his family and depart the country as soon as possible.