Fereba Hafizi could not sleep final night time, she was so excited to see her 79-year-old mom, Layloma, once more.
Fereba ran in direction of her mom as Layloma waited exterior the resort the place she’s been quarantining for 10 days since coming back from Kabul.
As they embraced, each girls sobbed and kissed one another’s faces. Then, Layloma fainted.
“I believe it was the feelings of seeing me. The sense of reduction and happiness, all of it simply merged collectively and she or he was overwhelmed,” says Fereba.
They’ve each lived within the UK for 21 years. The household moved to England from Afghanistan after Fereba’s father acquired threats from the Taliban, settling in Coventry.
In July, Layloma travelled to Kabul for a household funeral. Because the Taliban gained floor, she knew she needed to get out. Her flights stored getting cancelled, however she was decided to flee.
When Layloma arrived at Kabul airport nearly two weeks in the past, she noticed absolute chaos.
She was knocked over and fainted. Her nephew, who lives in Afghanistan, carried her by means of the crowds.
“He pushed his means by means of the gang, attempting to get to the barrier as quick as he might, getting harm and getting pushed apart,” says Fereba.
“He went by means of all these dangers to get to the barrier.
“By the point he bought there, my mom was utterly unconscious.”
Fereba’s cousin needed to go away Layloma, in that state, with troops on the entrance to the airport.
Fereba did not know if her mom had woken up or if she nonetheless had her life-saving medicines along with her.
Layloma has to take blood thinners and she or he additionally has diabetes. For the following 12 hours, Fereba heard nothing, uncertain whether or not her mom had managed to board a airplane to security.
Layloma does not personal a cell phone so Fereba had no means of contacting her.
Then, Fereba bought a name from an unknown quantity. On the opposite finish of the cellphone was Sayed Attayee. He had met Layloma at Dubai airport – they have been each passengers on a flight out of Kabul and have been headed to London.
“He is achieved every part for me, every part that was required, whether or not it was meals or drink,” Fereba interprets for her mom, who solely speaks Dari.
“He was continually attending to me, holding my luggage and baggage, taking care of me. I am continually indebted to him.
“He was like a miracle to me.”
Mr Attayee additionally feared he can be stranded in Afghanistan after travelling there to go to his father, who had contracted COVID-19.
His father died after they have been reunited. Now, Mr Attayee is wanting ahead to returning residence to Newcastle to see his spouse and two younger youngsters once more.
Fereba says she will be able to’t discover satisfactory phrases to explain how grateful she is to Mr Attayee for caring for her mom on their journey residence.
“I am going to do every part I can, from now till I die, to repay the kindness, generosity, love, and affection you have proven to my mum,” she says to Mr Attayee.
However Mr Attayee says serving to Layloma was his obligation.
“We’re human, we’ve to assist one another. She is like my mom. She is from Afghanistan.”
Throughout their resort quarantine, after arriving again within the UK, Mr Attayee and Layloma continued to satisfy and chat once they have been allowed train breaks.
Mr Attayee hopes their friendship will proceed and that their households can spend time collectively.
“I will convey my household to your own home and we’re gonna make a great deal of Afghan meals,” he tells Fereba.
“A feast,” she agrees.