Keys were provided to a new life in Brighton for an Afghan family of six

Keys were provided to a new life in Brighton for an Afghan family of six

Naimat Zafary, 36, moved into his residence on Friday with his wife Saima and their four children.

During the final days of the airlift, British troops evacuated the family and he is now studying at the University of Sussex.

They spent months in temporary housing in ‘bridging' hotels across the country before the Home Office facilitated their permanent move to Hove.
The couple's children, Hina, 9, Hurmat, 7, Mahnoor, 3, and Ahmad Taimur, 2, will start in local primary schools and nurseries.

‘It's fantastic to move out of the hotel and into our first home in the UK,' Naimat said. ‘Simple things like making our own food feel amazing. Now we may imagine a new life with schooling, education, and mobility.

‘We are also excited to meet our new neighbours.

‘In Afghanistan, it's customary to meet your new neighbours, which is fun. We are at home.'

Saima, 28, plans to learn English but her cousins in Afghanistan have told her about poverty and famine.

‘I feel at ease now,' she replied. The UK is a blessing, yet I miss Afghanistan.
Naimat Zafary and his family have sought refuge in Hove, where they are warmly welcomed. (Naimat Zafar photo)
Former UN project coordinator with high-profile links to the Chevening Scholarship, which allows developing leaders from throughout the world to study for a master's degree in the UK.

As the coalition forces left and the Taliban took power, he feared being targeted for his Western connections.

His group was evacuated as throngs of roughly 15,000 people gathered in the final days of the migration.

The family has found refuge while an appeal is launched to address a humanitarian situation in their homeland.

The Disasters Emergency Committee says ‘fast' action is required to save eight million starving children at Christmas.
‘Kabul had its first snow this week,' Naimat remarked. ‘In just a few months, 23 million people have gone hungry and poor. The other is joblessness.

‘Many bureaucrats have lost their jobs. Or if they labour, they lose their pay. That a lot of my friends and relatives are affected is alarming.

‘Inflation affects even those paid. In August, one dollar was worth 77 or 78 Afghanis. Now it's above 100. It's hard to live.

Afghans are suffering today, and a terrible winter lies ahead. I applaud the UK for its support and ask for donations.'
Naimat has finished a term of his one-year postgraduate course in Governance, Development and Public Policy thanks to a government scholarship.

Ses edicts have severely restricted women and girls' rights to work and study.

Naimat told he was inspired by the storey of an Afghan teacher forced to clean shoes on the street.

‘I saw a video of a top instructor in Afghanistan doing street shoe polishing,' he remarked.

‘What if she earns the money? Then what? No work or study?'

The future leader hopes to stay in the UK after his study and help his motherland through writing and research.

‘I wanted to graduate and help Afghanistan,' he added. ‘I am connected to my people. In every way I can support them.'

Naimat is one of a dozen Afghan students at the university, nine on the Chevening programme.