Afghan refugees find dreams realized in metro Atlanta - CBS46 News

Afghan refugees find dreams realized in metro Atlanta

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DULUTH, GA (CBS46) -

A family fleeing religious persecution in Afghanistan finds a new life and dreams realized in metro Atlanta.

The International Rescue Committee helps resettle about 2,500 refugees in Georgia each year. If these people stayed in their home countries, they would likely be killed. 

Kamila Abdul Nabi and her family fled Afghanistan amidst political unrest. She said the Taliban made everyday life frightening.  

Since being invited to resettle in the United States, Kamila accomplished something she never dreamed possible growing up in Afghanistan.

Kamila does what she does best.

"I love to cook all my life," said Kamila.

She always dreamed of being a business owner. But that's all she thought it would ever be. 

"It's going to be dream for all [of] your life. It's not going to come true because the woman cannot do that," said Kamila.

Kamila traveled a great distance to be able to cook freely. She and her family are from Kabul.

"The situation was so bad. The Taliban was there," said Kamila.

"Did you fear for your life?" said reporter Jennifer Mayerle.

"Of course, yes. If I am remembering now, my inside is shaking," said Kamila.

She said the country changed under the Taliban rule. They regularly saw people killed in the street. 

In Afghanistan, Kamila was a teacher before the Taliban took over, her husband was a TV journalist. They and their three kids left the only life they knew behind.

"I left my country because of my kids, so they can have a good life," said Kamila.

Kamila's family has no evidence of that life.

"All of our pictures, books, everything, the first night we burned them. Because of one picture, they can kill people," said Kamila.

The family first made the treacherous and dangerous trek over the border to Pakistan, then on to Russia where they lived for a decade. Five years ago, the state department invited the family to resettle as refugees in the United States, an invitation extended to less than 1 percent of the 15 million refugees in the world.

"I knew it was going to be OK," said Kamila.

It's here her kids can worship freely for the first time. They're also getting an education. Two of them are now in college.

"I love America for this reason, freedom," said Kamila.

It's also here where Kamila's seemingly unattainable dream came true. In March, she opened the only Afghan restaurant in metro Atlanta. Shami Kabab is in Duluth, and it's all hers.

"I wished all my life to have it, but it happened. I'm so happy," said Kamila. 

The goal for the refugees is to become productive members of the community, and U.S. citizens within five years. That's something Kamila and her family has accomplished.  

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