Zaher’s younger brother Amin works for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services. He, too, has been back to Afghanistan, most recently for a month-long trip in July. Amin basically gave himself a civil engineer’s tour: he drove around for weeks, checking out Kabul’s electrical grid and water systems, air quality and road conditions. He saw a city and a country in dire need of infrastructure investments, but he also saw an opportunity; rich or poor, he says, and regardless of language or tribe, everyone can agree on the importance of clean air and water.
Zaher and Amin joined us back in December when we last talked about Afghanistan, but now we’ll have them both for an hour.
What questions do you have for these brothers who have their feet in two worlds? What do you want to know about what they’ve seen and heard?
Do have similar experiences? What is it like for your adoptive country to be at war in your country of origin?