Family hoping to bring orphaned Afghan boy to Canada
Published Sunday, April 27, 2014 6:40PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, April 27, 2014 6:41PM EDT
Relatives of a young Afghan boy whose parents and siblings were killed in a deadly attack at a Kabul hotel are hoping to bring the young boy to Canada.
Abuzar Ahmed, 2, was having dinner with his family at Kabul’s Serena Hotel in March when four Taliban gunmen entered the restaurant and began firing at the crowd.
Abuzar’s father Sardar Ahmed, a widely-respected Afghan journalist working for AFP, was killed in the attack, along with his mother, older brother and sister.Abuzar suffered a bullet wound to the head and leg but survived the attack.
The dead also included one other Afghan, two Canadians, an American and a Paraguayan\
A month after the brutal attack, Abuzar’s uncle Faeiz Khaliqi is fighting to bring the young boy to Canada to live with extended family in Scarborough, Ont.
“He will be safe, secure,” he told CTV Toronto. “He could continue education in a peaceful country. He could have a bright future one day,” he said.
Abuzar has several aunts, uncles and cousins in Toronto who are desperately trying to bring the little boy to Canada.
“They all will do their best to be there for Abuzar, to do their part as his mother, as his father, as his sister,” Khaliqi said.
The family said they have been in contact with Canadian Immigration officials and are now waiting for the young boy to immigrate with his grandmother and other family members.
With a report from CTV Toronto’s Colin D’Mello
Afghan policemen patrol the entrance of the Serena hotel in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP / Anja Niedringhaus)