On 18 May 2018, our friend and hero, Hidayatullah Zaheer, only 32, was tragically killed while organizing a Ramazan Peace Cricket Match. He left behind a family of eight, including a pregnant wife and two children.
Zee lived more in his brief thirty-two years than anyone else in a hundred. He ran a radio station. He was a community organizer, a cricketeer, an activist, and all things to all people. He was exactly what you needed him to be. When the female police of Nangarhar needed literacy training, he made it happen. When women needed a voice, Zee created and hosted National Women’s Day for the first time in Jalalabad. When a clinic needed authority to let NATO treat civilians, Zee made that happen. When presidential elections were imperiled, it was Zee who organized accountability and transparency at over 500 voting stations. He built desks for students. He fed orphans. He battled corruption and incompetence. He furthered the cause of gender equality and education. He advised presidents, governors, parliament members, ministers, tribal leaders, NATO commanders and social scientists. He traveled to India and spoke at the Women’s Economic Forum and to Washington DC for a variety of humanitarian reasons, even though he feared flying. Fear had no place in his heart when it came to matters of Afghanistan.
Now, more than ever, we need to demonstrate our solidarity and support to Zee and his family. He was the head of his family and supported 8 people, including his wife and two children. His wife is also expecting Zee's third child. Ever since his tragic killing, his family has been under threat and they have been moved to a safe house as Zee's friends from around the world help to secure them passage to a permanent, safer home.
Unfortunately, the threats keep growing, and we would like to move them to a third neighboring country immediately while we await immigration processes elsewhere. This will require us to pay for flights for 8 people, medical costs for the birth of Zee's third child, and a modest allowance that can cover rent, food, and incidentals for at least 14 months.
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