KQED’s Shuka Kalantari today visited Fremont’s “Little Kabul” district to get a feel for how this community of Afghani refugees, many of whom emigrated after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, is reacting to the death of Osama Bin Laden at the hands of American special forces. Her interviews below:
- Asad Saleh has owned the Little Kabul Market for six years and has been living in Fremont for three decades. He is worried about his cousins, aunts and uncles still living in Afghanistan, whom he fears could experience a backlash from fundamentalists.
- Sahar Omar, originally from Kabul, works at Afghan Bazaar on Fremont Street, in the heart of Little Kabul. She came to Fremont in 1998 and currently lives in San Ramon. Last night, after the news broke, she got a congralulatory call from her cousins in Kabul. She says she’s happy that Bin Laden was killed and that all the Afghanis she’s talked to today feel the same, but she is scared about what will happen to her family in Afghanistan. She’s afraid that extremists in mourning will retaliate.