Afghan Refugees

Photos reveal heartbreak and despair of new widow’s American life

Malalai Rafi and her children grieve  at the Greater Sacramento Muslim Cemetery in December 2015. They lost Mustafi Rafi, husband and father, July 12, 2015, just after arriving in the U.S. on a Special Immigrant Visa. He was killed biking with his son Omar, 8. Omar was gravely  injured. He was released from the hospital in October, and, here, joins his siblings – Saleha,12, Omran, 7,  and Maryam, 13. He wears a helmet to protect  his head, and copes – he was told of his father’s death just days before.
Malalai Rafi and her children grieve at the Greater Sacramento Muslim Cemetery in December 2015. They lost Mustafi Rafi, husband and father, July 12, 2015, just after arriving in the U.S. on a Special Immigrant Visa. He was killed biking with his son Omar, 8. Omar was gravely injured. He was released from the hospital in October, and, here, joins his siblings – Saleha,12, Omran, 7, and Maryam, 13. He wears a helmet to protect his head, and copes – he was told of his father’s death just days before. rbyer@sacbee.com

Malalai Rafi and her children grieve  at the Greater Sacramento Muslim Cemetery in December 2015. They lost Mustafi Rafi, husband and father, July 12, 2015, just after arriving in the U.S. on a Special Immigrant Visa. He was killed biking with his son Omar, 8. Omar was gravely  injured. He was released from the hospital in October, and, here, joins his siblings – Saleha,12, Omran, 7,  and Maryam, 13. He wears a helmet to protect  his head, and copes – he was told of his father’s death just days before.

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