PERPIGNAN, France — Mustafa Rafi, an Afghan electrical engineer, risked his life working with the U.S. military in his homeland. Because he faced a grave threat from the Taliban, he and his family were relocated to Sacramento in June 2015 thanks to a special immigrant visa.

Twenty days later, he was dead.

He was struck and killed by a car outside his dilapidated apartment complex while riding bicycles with his 7-year-old son, Omar. His widow, Malalai who could neither speak English nor drive, was left to care for their three children, including Omar who was severely injured in the accident.

Their ordeal was covered by The Sacramento Bee in a touching story about the funeral that was accompanied by an emotional image by staff photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. The daily story might have faded from public memory if another staff photographer, Renée Beyer — who is married to Mr. Kitagaki — had not been moved by that image to dig deeper. The results of her exploration are on exhibit this week at the Visa Pour l’Image photo festival in Perpignan, France.

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NYT: Disabled in War, Afghan Soldiers Seek a Living on the Streets

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Afghan soldier Mehrullah Safi’s military career ended in southern Helmand province last year when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded next to him, severing his right leg. Now he sells mobile telephone cards in the street.

Tens of thousands of Afghan troops have been disabled in the 16 years since a U.S.-led campaign ousted the Taliban in 2001. In city streets and marketplaces all over the country, they offer a stark reminder of the human cost of the war.

“It was the worst day of my life,” Safi, a former army lieutenant, said.

“We were surrounded by dozens of Taliban, there was a heavy fight going on and I was in a bad condition for two days until I was transferred to hospital.”

With his left leg and a hand also shattered, Safi’s leg was amputated in the field. After eight unsuccessful operations on his badly damaged left leg, he hopes a ninth will stabilize it…………………..“The United States needs to do better with these people who put their lives on the line to help U.S. forces and who have come here already, tragically, suffering from being in a war zone to confront a life that neither you or I would ever want our families in.”

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ISIS execute two brothers serving with Afghan army in Nangarhar province

Militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Iraq (ISIS) Khorasan have executed two brothers who were serving with the Afghan national army. The provincial government media office in a statement said the men were executed in the vicinity of Haska Mina district after captured by the loyalists of the terror group.

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Hezb-e-Islami slams Taliban for fueling mass killings of Muslims in Burma

The Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar believes the Taliban group in Afghanistan has fueled the mass killings of the Muslims in Burma during the recent years. In a statement released in the aftermath of the recent violence in the country, Hezb-e-Islami said the violence against Muslims in Burma has a old history but the

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Militants suffer heavy casualties in Kunduz airstrikes: Shaheen Corps

The anti-government armed militants have suffered heavy casualties during the airstrikes conducted in coordination with the Special Forces in northern Kunduz province. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in the north said the airstrikes were carried out in coordination with the Afghan Special Forces in the past 24 hours. The

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