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Jamil Jan Kochai

Jamil Jan Kochai
@JamilJanKochai

Nov 23
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When you read the headline "American soldier abducts baby from Afghan family", you can't actually imagine how much worse the whole story gets. Joshua Mast is actively refusing to return an Afghan baby to her loving family who desperately want her back. nytimes.com/2022/11/10/mag…

I can't overemphasize how much you need to immediately read this horrifying but incredibly written article from @Rozina Ali. She has done an incredible service. The US killed this baby's parents, painted them as terrorists, then a white soldier used that lie to abduct that baby.
The baby's loving Afghan family was misled into entering the US where that white evangelical Christian soldier took their baby under false pretenses and has been keeping her for an entire year as her Afghan family desperately navigates a foreign legal system to get her back.
You HAVE TO read or listen to the whole article. Joshua Mast's deranged, racist obsession with taking this poor baby from her family is a horrifying summation of the mindset that led to so much death and depravity during the 20 year US occupation of Afghanistan. It's so fucked up
And now our broken and racist US legal system is allowing this sociopath to keep this Afghan baby in his home even as it's abundantly clear that he repeatedly lied and gamed the system to get the baby in the first place. I really hope that Afghans and Muslims, especially, cont.
to bring attention to this horrifying case and to support this Afghan family's endeavor to get their baby back. May Allah have mercy on the baby's parents murdered by the US and may Allah grant patience and success to the Afghan parents currently fighting to save their child.
Jamil Jan Kochai

Jamil Jan Kochai

@JamilJanKochai
New Story Collection "The Haunting of Hajji Hotak" & Novel "99 Nights in Logar" @VikingBooks - PEN/Hemingway Finalist - Stegner Fellow - Stories @NYerFiction
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