Caroline Gutman

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The Washington Post: He took his wife and kids to Afghanistan one last time. Now he can't get them out.
Location: Philadelphia
Nationality: American
Biography: Caroline Gutman is a freelance photographer and writer based between Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her work often looks at gender and economic inequality, climate change, and art and cultural innovation. Her work has been featured by... MORE
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The Washington Post: He took his wife and kids to Afghanistan one last time. Now he can't get them out.
Copyright Caroline Gutman 2022
Date of Work Aug 2021 - Aug 2021
Updated Aug 2021
Location Philadelphia, PA
Topics Community, Conflict, Documentary, Editorial, Essays, Ethnic minorities, Fear, Human Rights, Immigration, Media, Minority, Oppression, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics, Violence, War, War and its effects, World
Mohammad Sadeed, 40, who worked at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan before his family settled in Philadelphia two years ago, now spends his evenings on the phone trying to get his wife and five children out of Afghanistan. In July, Mohammad and his family flew back one more time to visit his ailing mother; he returned to work in Philadelphia while they stayed a bit longer. And then Kabul fell.⁣
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Reporting by William Wan: “The hardest calls for Mohammad came late at night — early morning in Afghanistan — when there was enough Internet bandwidth for his family to video-chat with him from their basement hideout. The night before, his youngest son had begged for Mohammad to save them.⁣
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“Why can’t you just buy a plane to bring us home? When will you buy this plane for us?” the 4-year-old had asked.”
Reporting by William Wan: “The hardest calls for Mohammad came late at night — early morning in Afghanistan — when there was enough Internet bandwidth for his family to video-chat with him from their basement hideout. The night before, his youngest son had begged for Mohammad to save them.⁣
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“Why can’t you just buy a plane to bring us home? When will you buy this plane for us?” the 4-year-old had asked.”⁣He took his wife and kids to Afghanistan one last time. Now he can’t get them out.
Mohammad Sadeed is back in Philadelphia, but his wife and five children are trapped in Kabul, where the Afghan immigrants could be deemed traitors by the Taliban.
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