FC: Abdul's Story by: Mahad Shamsi
1: . Because of rumors that Soviet troops would enter Afghanistan, Abduls father decided to escape to America with his family. When Abdul was about to escape, he was very scared and did not know what to bring with him. He was quickly put into a truck with his family that would take him away from his home. The ride was very dangerous and the fact that Abdul and his family could get caught escaping Afghanistan made the situation worse. On their way Abdul and his family went to Zahedeen where they stayed at a motel for the night. At this time Abdul remembers his past memories of Afghanistan and how much he loved his country. He felt a bit depressed about leaving his homeland. Two months after the escape, Abdul and his family received news that the Soviets did invade Afghanistan. Now that the family was safe Abdul was told to go to school and get a job there as well. But the school kept asking Abdul for an Iranian birth certificate which he did not have at all. Because of the better opportunities, after 6 years living in Iran, Abdul’s father decided to go to America. The only way to do this would be to go to Pakistan and get an American Embassy. Though it took quite a long time to get their Embassy, Abdul and his family stayed in Pakistan under hot weather to get their embassy for America. Abdul was worried about his relatives and how they were doing during this time, but he knew that he would need to go to America, no matter what it takes. Sadly, Abdul’s father passed away during the waiting time for the embassy but Abdul and hid family did get his embassy for America. When Abdul reached America, he got enrolled into a Public School where he was told that he was in the Eighth Grade. Abdul had to learn and speak English, so he was put into ESL. Because of this many kids made fun of him. Life for Abdul was not very easy and he really wanted to go back to his country. When Abdul was about 17 years old, many kids stopped making fun of him because he started to act like them. Though he was in a different country, he still kept his religious beliefs and continued his life as a Muslim American. | Summary of Article
2: THE BIG APPLE | History | Abdul was an average teenager from Afghanistan, a Muslim country that has been vulnerable to its neighbors for thousands of years. Its history started back in the fourth century B.C where Alexander the Great stormed across it to go to India.
3: . It then turned into a battleground, and then a kingdom ruled by Islamic conquerors. Because of rumors that Soviet troops would enter Afghanistan, Abduls father decided to escape to America with his family
4: Compare | Abdul and I have a few similarities. First of all, we are both Muslim. I can easily relate to how he was shocked to see the great differences his country had with America, my cousins visited America before and they felt just as shocked as Abdul felt in the story. It was very hard for Abdul and his family to get their embassy. It was also hard for my grandmother to visit America because she had to wait for so long to get her Visa so that she could visit my home in America.
5: Contrast | Abdul and I have a few differences as well. First of all I was born in America, not Afghanistan, and, even though I speak my parent's native language at home, I do not take ESL. Lastly, I choose to be myself other than Abdul who wanted to act like everyone else in America.
6: Symbol | Abdul worked hard and traveled many miles to reach America, he waited and waited for his chance to freedom.
7: THe Most Important Part In Abdul's Life | Education | Blending In