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Notes: NPR story follows journey of an Afghan family to Alexandria to save their daughter

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A recent NPR story profiled the difficult journey of a family from their home in Afghanistan to Mexico and finally to Alexandria.

The profile tells the story of Shafi Amani, his wife Frista, and their 3-year-old daughter Yousra. The family fled Afghanistan a little over a year ago and, as they traveled into Pakistan, Yousra had a stroke. The stroke left her legs limp and she is unable to speak or chew food, surviving on a plastic feeding tube.

The Amani family was able to secure a tourist visa to go to Mexico to get her proper medical treatment, but he said Mexico City was unsafe and didn’t have the medical facilities Yousra needed. The family paid to be smuggled into the United States. The family was caught by U.S. Border Control. After some moving from an immigration camp, then to San Diego so Yousra could be treated at a children’s hospital, the group came to Northern Virginia.

Yousra is now receiving treatment at Children’s National Hospital in D.C. and receiving support from Alexandria’s Christ Church. The family is now living in an Alexandria apartment financed by donations.

Christ Church at 118 N. Washington Street in Old Town. (Staff photo by James Cullum)

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