Afghani Students Visit Tallahassee Community College

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

When arriving in the U.S. the four medical students from Afghanistan say they were held up for hours by homeland security officials. Even obtaining their Visas was a challenge.

TCC officials say it took months of cutting through red tape to get the Afghani students on American soil.

"I think the biggest thing I've learned is how they feel about democracy and how much they actually really want it and how much they really enjoy having the U.S. in their country to help them get to that point and stay there and support it," says TCC student Bobby Manglona.

The point of their visit was to give TCC students a global perspective. Afghani students Shams Dihzad and Ahmad Zaki answered questions about the U.S. presence in Afghanistan and their feelings toward the September 11th attacks.

"I feel the U.S. presence is good for Afghanistan because if coalition forces leave Afghanistan there will not be any stability. I think they are helpful for the stability," says Dihzad.

"9/11 was a tragedy for all nations, and while I was visiting ground zero, it really made me very sad," expresses Zaki.

Student Ata Mohammad says when it comes down to it, what Americans want and what Afghans want is about the same.

"We want to have a better life. This is why we need the support of other countries and also why we need more technology and new facilities, especially for education and health services," says Mohammad.

The students are sponsored by TCC and traveled with TCC students to New York as part of the model U.N. conference.

Right now the Afghani students say drug and human trafficking are two of the biggest issues facing Afghani people.


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