Meet the Salahi Family

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above: The Salahi family asked to attend the 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service, during which they were introduced to the congregation.


A complete recording, slides, and other material from the event are now available below. At the forum, the Salahi family introduced themselves, told the harrowing story of their departure from Kabul and arrival in the United States, and talked about their current needs and their hopes for the future.

Saint Mark’s has been asked to support the Salahi family in a few ways. Please prayerfully consider how you might help:

  1. Rent subsidy. We have committed funds from the Clergy Discretionary Fund to help with their rent this first year.
  2. Immigration lawyer. Parishioners have facilitated initial work with lawyers on long-term visa paperwork.
  3. Education Expenses. Two will attend Community College; one will be a grad student at UW.
  4. A car. The family has relocated to the north end, and needs to secure a vehicle. If you have one to donate, let us know.

If you’d like to know more, or to make a gift in support of Saint Mark’s Ministry with Afghan Refugees, contact Dean Thomason or Erik Donner or Ginna Brelsford.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2022, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom

Last August the Salahi family—Razia, her three adults sons Solaiman, Zobair, and Harris, and daughter-in-law Rohanya—fled their native Afghanistan on a moment’s notice, and after four arduous months in transitional facilities, relocated to Seattle in December. Just last week they transitioned to permanent housing in Shoreline. Saint Mark’s Cathedral has committed to supporting them as they begin their new lives here. Their story is at once harrowing and inspiring, and they are eager to share it with us as we seek to deepen the relationships with this most remarkable family.

The presentation slides from the forum may be seen here.

The video of Afghanistan presented during Solaiman's presentation may be seen below (only the first 5 minutes were played Wednesday evening):

A complete video of the forum may be seen here:

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