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As part of a year-long collaboration between Smithsonian Magazine and FODAC (the Federal Office of Defense Academy Support), the Washington Post is hosting a family-focused Afghan in America event with photographer Sarah Hogan. Hanging Out in Kabul.

As the Afghanistan war winds down, many of the thousands of Afghan soldiers forced from their homes are forced to find employment in the U.S. While many would have preferred to return to Afghanistan, Hogan’s story of “Two Years Undercover” is the real story of life for people under economic pressure or even financial and administrative blockade from their home country.

Hogan spent a year living in the city of Kandahar, where she interviewed several young Afghans who are looking to start new lives in the U.S.

They live in a tent city, because that is all they can afford. Their families are destitute. Their opportunities are limited.

But, for many, the best way to stay alive is to keep working. Often, the only way out of poverty is to learn how to be a good employee — a good soldier.

Join us for this afternoon’s event to learn more about one family’s dreams for the future, and the obstacles they face as they try to achieve them.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite. This event will take place on Saturday, January 5th from 1-2:30pm.

I also want to thank the photographer, Sarah Hogan, for providing us with her inspiring photographs from the experience.

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