These photos are part of The Sacramento Bee's coverage of refugees from Afghanistan who have faced tough times since coming to the United States. These people provided significant help to the American mission in that war-torn country.
The State Department offers Special Immigrant Visas to Afghans who risked their lives translating and providing other services to U.S. and allied forces during the war on terror. Sacramento's ethnic diversity and mild climate have made it a magnet for these refugees, making California’s capital city home to 2,000 Afghans with these special visas. Their transition has been difficult. They’ve faced poverty and violence, and some long for their war-torn homeland.
Abdul Farhad Ghafoori, a former translator in Afghanistan, moved his family to the United States in hope of finding a better life and an education. He never imagined the struggle he now faces balancing a swing shift job for minimum wage and caring for his children while his wife attends mandatory English classes in Sacramento.
Yalda Kabiri worked as a translator with U.S. task forces in Afghanistan for five years. Now she balances her desire for a college degree with a day care she runs out of her home for other Special Immigrant Visa holders. Sacramento County provides payment for children attending the day care but has been late in paying her. She struggles to make ends meet.
Sacramento has become a major destination for Afghan refugees who translated for U.S. troops or otherwise served in the war effort. But California hasn't provided the better life they expected. Marked for death by the Taliban at home, they've endured poverty and violence in Sacramento. "No Safe Place" is a special report coming Sunday in The Sacramento Bee.
Squaw Valley Ski Patrol unofficially reported 7 inches of new snow on the upper mountain at Squaw Valley with more accumulation on the ridges. Snow continued to fall Thursday with another storm in the forecast for this coming Monday. Weekend temperatures will be cold, keeping the new snow fresh. Winds could pickup on Sunday as the next storm rolls in.
Sumatran tiger cub Jillian turned one on February 10, 2014. Check out this San Francisco Zoo video of her enjoying birthday gifts, which include a frozen ice cake and a bubble bath. Jillian, who was the Sacramento Zoo's lone tiger, has returned to San Francisco after failing to adjust to her change of scenery.
Lobbyist Pamela Lopez's dog, Bobby, uses VET CBD oil to treat his anxiety. Lopez discusses an assembly bill that would allow veterinarians to talk to pet owners about the medical use of cannabis for their pets.
Garrett Temple of the Sacramento Kings talks about why he has been raising his fist over the past couple of months following the playing of the National Anthem. He said he wanted to "honor our people" during Black History Month. Temple said he was inspired by the silent protest that American Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos made during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
Speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, President Donald Trump said designating schools as "gun-free zones" puts students in "far more danger." Trump also said House and Senate Democrats have "totally abandoned" DACA.
National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre said opponents of gun rights "hate individual freedoms" and want to eliminate the 2nd Amendment. LaPierre spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.
Police in Natick, Massachusetts, said they were seeking two women on suspicion of shoplifting after a store’s CCTV caught them using a “lingerie leg hammock” to steal clothes. Video posted on the Natick Police Department Facebook page shows the women placing several items into a large bag between one of the suspect’s legs, which was concealed with a long skirt. The Facebook post read, “This is the first time I’ve seen what looks like a full sized laundry bag strapped to the insides of a pair of legs. Booster bags, booster girdle, even false bottom suitcases, never a lingerie leg hammock.”