Alumna from Afghanistan Publishes Article in Washington Post Magazine

Posted: June 20, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Hagan Colo

Growing up in the United States, many residents embrace the concept that hard work breeds success. However, in many other countries, hard work does not guarantee that one will thrive, and sometimes it does not even guarantee that one will survive. George Mason alumna Anna Mohamadi, who immigrated to the United States from Afghanistan, knows this all too well.

Mohamadi recently had her first article published in the June 6 edition of the Washington Post Magazine. “The Flower of Springfield” tells of her uncle Zahir, who used to live with her in Springfield, and his struggle to financially support his family living in Afghanistan.

Before the general public’s fear of flying was instilled by the attacks of Sept. 11, Zahir worked 10 to 12 hours a day as an airport taxi driver to support more than 40 family members in Afghanistan. However, after Sept. 11, the demand for taxi drivers decreased, gas prices increased, and Zahir was unable to provide for his family. Feeling guilty for living in America while his family endured hardship, Zahir returned to Afghanistan. In her article, Mohamadi gives detailed insight into the lives of the Afghan people living in both America and Afghanistan.

Mohamadi graduated in May 2002 with an M.F.A. in creative writing and also volunteers to raise money for village schools in Afghanistan. To view the article, click here.

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