Local Teacher Helps Former Student Escape Afghanistan


A Delaware County teacher helped get a former student and his family safely out of Afghanistan using social media, writes Jeff Cole for FOX29.

Amir Sidiqi, now 33, was born in the U.S. but was living in Afghanistan with his family when the Taliban took over.

He headed to the airport in Kabul with his wife and young daughter on the advice of a U.S. Department of Justice official.

Sidiqi worked in Afghanistan for 11 years. Some of the jobs had ties to the U.S.

His former Strath Haven High School English teacher, Kevin Haney, reached him through social media, asking if he could help.

Sidiqi asked for prayers.

“I immediately threw it on social media and asked for some prayers from friends and family, and I was lucky enough the right person picked up the post and was able to help Amir,” Haney said.

Haney had a long-time friend who worked for the U.S. State Department and was in Afghanistan. He helped get Sidiqi and his family on a plane out of the country.

Sidiqi showed up this week for a reunion with his former teacher.

“Tears, great reunion. It was just extraordinary,” Haney said.

Read more at FOX29.

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