WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – As we watch what’s unfolding in Afghanistan, families in Connecticut are having trouble reaching their loved ones who were outside Kabul Airport.
A family in Waterbury owns an Afghan restaurant and had cousins at the airport when the bombs went off. Communication is difficult, and the images on TV are not helping.
“We just got a message from our family saying, ‘a lot of people die in the streets. There’s a lot of blood.’ We don’t know if it’s one of our family members there because every Afghan family is trying to get out of Afghanistan,” said Salah Uddin Mir.
Communication is difficult, and the stress level is high for an Afghan brother and sister living in Connecticut. They have family at the airport and they also have family members who are top-ranking military commanders that are running for their lives.
Lawmakers and the U.S. Military are doing what they can to get their families out. Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office says they are in touch with the family and are working with the state department.
“We need to keep our military in that vicinity of the airport, as long as possible, and enable American citizens to evacuate and our Afghan allies,” Blumenthal said.
Anita Mir said, “The problem is that because we are here. Sometimes, the Taliban will go to them and say your cousin is there, we are going to kill you because they’re in America. That’s happening too.”
There is one positive note. The family’s mother-in-law was in Afghanistan but did get a flight out and has safely returned to Connecticut.
Flags across Connecticut are lowered at half staff for the victims of the two attacks.