Afghan musician reunites with his family years after fleeing Taliban to study freely in U.S.

6/5/2022 1:40:00 AM

Baset Azizi fled Afghanistan as a young trumpet player as hard-liners sought to ban Western music and punish players.

Baset Azizi fled Afghanistan as a young trumpet player as hard-liners sought to ban Western music and punish players.

Baset Azizi fled Afghanistan as a young trumpet player as hard-liners sought to ban Western music and punish players.

02:51 During the tortuous wait at airport arrivals, Baset Azizi made this empty vow:"I'll try not to cry.Afghan refugees line up for food last year near the barracks at Fort Pickett in Virginia, which was used to house Afghans airlifted to the U.MORE: Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee: 7 memorable moments from her 70-year reign Buckingham Palace issued a statement after the interview on behalf of the queen, saying the Sussexes "will always be much loved family members.Share Story.

" But, of course, he would.For the first time in his life, all of his dreams were coming true.(Courtesy Rafi) What Ahmad worried about most was potential danger to his wife and four children, the youngest of whom is 4.CBS News first met Azizi in 2016 when he was living in Afghanistan and sent a Facebook message to David Bilger, a trumpet player for the Philadelphia Orchestra.While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.Azizi was looking for a mentor.He fears that his military ties to the U."He started off saying, 'I'm the best trumpet player in Afghanistan, because there are only two.

' And I was immediately taken by him.have made them targets.and his royal role.I said, 'OK, I've got to read the rest of what he has to say,'" Bilger told CBS News at the time.Azizi told him how hard-liners wanted Western music banned and the players punished.“The Taliban has all of our data.Azizi told CBS News he felt like he was risking his safety, but he played anyway.The Sussexes confirmed last month they would bring Lili, who turns 1 on Saturday, and her older brother, 3-year-old Archie, with them to the U.With that devotion, and some help from Bilger, Azizi got into the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts, a high school in Michigan.They have all our documents.

From there, he attended college in the U.S.But it didn’t happen.“Despite everything that has happened, the relationship between the Sussexes and the queen has remained warm and close.and even got an internship with a congressman.Azizi so cherished his new American freedom that he once broke out his trumpet in a crowded airport to honor a group of veterans he saw.“Now we are here, and … they are in Afghanistan.That's the kind of kid he is.Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are pictured in a car on the first day of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, June 2, 2022.

But he has also been a lonely kid.He works two jobs to send money home, one assembling medical devices, the other stocking produce in a supermarket.He hadn't seen his family, who were still in Afghanistan, in six years.They fled after the fall of Kabul in August and were evacuated to Abu Dhabi, where quarantines, overcrowding at U.Sometimes, Ahmad admits, it all feels unbearable.S.processing sites and paperwork stalled their journey to America — until now.” ‘Trauma Upon Trauma’ In the chaos that followed the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan’s U.

Last month, his father, mother and three sisters joined him in Kansas City."It was a dream to see my son before dying," his mother, Parwana, told CBS News.-backed government last August, people’s lives were upended overnight.His family arrived just in time to see him graduate from the University of Kansas.One day, Azizi hopes to work for the U.S.S.

State Department as an ambassador.Since then, we’ve heard great success stories of Afghans entering the U.Until then, he's perfectly happy with his humble titles of brother and son.To contact.workforce, being welcomed by American neighbors and invited to Thanksgiving dinners.

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