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From Kabul to Clark County

From Kabul to Clark County: ‘Is that really me?’

May 14, 2023, 6:04am Clark County Life

Afghanistan’s National Day of the Mother is still one month away. Last year, at a June 14 ceremony, the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture paid respect to the country’s… Read story

An eventful, uneasy anniversary for Afghan refugee family in Hazel Dell

December 18, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Life

One morning in October, Maryam Azizpour drove over the Interstate 5 Bridge into Portland before dawn, steeling herself for an asylum interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Read story

Murwarid Azizpour, 6, curls up with a smartphone before joining her uncle Sajad Ibrahimi, grandmother Sediqa Rustami and grandfather Mohammad Ismail Rezayee, for Iftar dinner during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in April. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Children do not participate until they reach the age of maturity.

For Afghan family in Hazel Dell, U.S. a sweet land of complexity

Murwarid Azizpour, 6, curls up with a smartphone before joining her uncle Sajad Ibrahimi, grandmother Sediqa Rustami and grandfather Mohammad Ismail Rezayee, for Iftar dinner during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in April. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Children do not participate until they reach the age of maturity.

July 4, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

It’s an understatement to call life in unstable, war-torn Afghanistan stressful. But for the fragmented Azizpour family, American life is proving stressful in new and different ways. Read story

Hazel Dell Elementary School first-grader and Afghan refugee Murwarid Azizpour, 6, leaps into action while participating in field day with her classmates in the week before summer break.

Afghan refugee family: ‘We are happy here’ in Hazel Dell

Hazel Dell Elementary School first-grader and Afghan refugee Murwarid Azizpour, 6, leaps into action while participating in field day with her classmates in the week before summer break.

July 3, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

There’s been precious little time for Maryam Azizpour and her family to slow down and take a breath since the U.S. military evacuated them from Afghanistan last year. Read story

Members of the Azizpour family — refugees from Kabul, Afghanistan — are restarting their lives in Clark County. “Every morning is a surprise,” said Maryam Azizpour, 30, second from right. With Maryam at the family’s Hazel Dell rental are her daughter Marwa Azizpour, 10, far left; father Mohammad Ismail Rezayee; daughter Murwarid Azizpour, 6; brother Sajad Ibrahimi; and mother Sediqa Rustami.

From Kabul to Clark County: Afghan refugees’ quest is a return to normal

Members of the Azizpour family — refugees from Kabul, Afghanistan — are restarting their lives in Clark County. “Every morning is a surprise,” said Maryam Azizpour, 30, second from right. With Maryam at the family’s Hazel Dell rental are her daughter Marwa Azizpour, 10, far left; father Mohammad Ismail Rezayee; daughter Murwarid Azizpour, 6; brother Sajad Ibrahimi; and mother Sediqa Rustami.

March 13, 2022, 6:03am Clark County News

Months after Maryam Azizpour and her family undertook a nightmarish journey through the violent streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, and fled the country, they’re still adjusting to peace and quiet in the U.S. Read story