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Afghan refugee family spends first American Thanksgiving in Eugene

Eugene attorney Bryan Boender finally had that thanksgiving meal he hoped for with his Afghan war buddy, Yasin, and their families.

Posted: Nov 25, 2021 7:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore.—There's a lot to be thankful for this year. Especially for one Afghan refugee family, who is now living in Eugene.

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Eugene attorney Bryan Boender finally had that thanksgiving meal he hoped for with his Afghan war buddy, Yasin, and their families.

"To have my friend from Afghanistan and his family to be able to join us, I mean you just can't ask for it. It means a lot to us," Boender said.

Yasin served as an interpreter for Boender's unit back in 2007 and 2008. When the Taliban took over Kabul back in the summer, Boender rallied up his troops to help get Yasin and his family out.

"The emotion was beyond explanations; I just don't know how to explain it," Yasin said.

Yasin and his family arrived in Eugene in late October.

"They showed up late at night, flew in, and when they got off the plane, we greeted them with an American flag," Boender said.

Yasin shared with KEZI the emotions he felt when he first stepped onto American soil.

"Just relief of everything, like once I got to the United States, the first time after a few years; there was no stress, no nothing," Yasin said.

He said he's now looking for a job, but first, he's excited to eat his American Thanksgiving meal.

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