A self-described “tech guy,” it’s clear from the moment you meet Idris that he loves everything computer-related. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and he put his passion and education to use for over ten years serving the U.S. government in his home country of Afghanistan.
Reign of Terror
Idris and his wife, Frozan, remember the good years in Afghanistan – the years before the fighting broke out, before landmines littered the picturesque mountains, before the reign of terror began. In 2008 Idris watched as his father was shot and killed by Taliban fighters. His only crime – that his son was employed by the American government. Though Idris was in the car with his father, the Taliban did not recognize him and his life was spared that day. In the coming years, though, Idris and his entire family were targeted. He received threatening calls and menacing notes on the door of his home. On a Friday in 2014 Idris was enjoying a day at the park with his friends. His cell phone rang. When he answered, a voice on the other end told him he could see the blue kite Idris was flying at that moment. He knew he was being watched and time was running out. Fearing for his life, Idris applied for a Special Immigrant Visa, a travel permit awarded to Afghans and Iraqis whose lives have been threatened as a result of their service to the U.S. government. Six months later, Idris and Frozan were on a plane to a place they had never heard of before: Spokane, Washington.
A New Start
Idris and Frozan had no idea what to expect. They had visas permitting them to live in the U.S. and less than a month’s worth of money in their pockets. They assumed they were now on their own in a new country, and Idris wondered how they would manage. To their surprise, they were met in the Spokane airport by a smiling woman who received them with a welcoming embrace. It was Lyndsie, their World Relief case manager. Idris was beyond relieved – here were people to help him and his wife. They joined the Match Grant program and Idris told his job developer, “I don’t care that I have a bachelor’s degree. I don’t care that I have ten years IT experience. I will work in a hotel. I will work in a shop. I will do anything. This is the start of my new life.”
Today, Idris and Frozan are the proud parents of a beautiful little boy named Mustafa. He is the first American citizen in their family. Frozan is caring for Mustafa and continuing to learn English. She hopes to one day attend nursing school. Two weeks after their arrival Idris began a job in a call center. The job was difficult and many new hires left after the six-week training. Idris remained at the call center for seven months before applying for a position with Apple. After a demanding interview process, Idris was hired. He is now an Apple Genius! He is deeply valued by his manager and coworkers. He has loyal customers who occasionally stop in just to say hello. And Idris is once again doing what he loves!