Afghan refugee celebrates first Valentine’s Day with husband on Las Vegas Strip | News

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — It’s a love story we’ve been following at FOX5 since final summer season. A husband determined to get his spouse out of Afghanistan after the nation fell to the Taliban.

He labored with rescue teams across the clock, and she or he escaped the day earlier than the lethal assault on the Kabul airport that killed a number of U.S. service members, then she spent months at army bases earlier than she arrived in Las Vegas.

In true Las Vegas vogue, the couple celebrated their first ever Valentine’s Day with dinner on the Strip. The couple is about to turn into a trio, additionally celebrating a being pregnant.  

In August, Hekmat Ghawsi, higher often called HK, was desperately looking for a solution to get his spouse out war-torn Afghanistan the place anybody discovered to be sympathizing with America was in danger.

“Generally I want I by no means met her, as a result of I’m nothing however danger and hazard to her,” HK stated. He was born in Afghanistan and got here to be an interpreter for U.S. Special Forces and was given American citizenship, however for greater than a 12 months, was unsuccessful in getting his spouse a visa.

“Now I’m very secure, and I’m very completely satisfied,” Laily Ghawsi stated.

“Simply even to consider it, it’s such a dramatic change … not realizing if I might be capable to save her or not,” HK stated.

Since flying into Reid Worldwide Airport a number of months in the past, she has been exploring her new house metropolis together with her husband and has come to grasp why house means Nevada.

FILE – On this Sept. 21, 2018, file picture, the Mandalay Bay resort and on line casino displays the final daylight of the day alongside the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. (AP Photograph/John Locher, File)

“Similar to quite a lot of vacationers, they suppose we solely have the Strip, however once I take her outside, like we love outside,” HK stated.

Smiling beneath the intense neon lights of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas signal, they appear to be another completely satisfied couple. Their love story as soon as stuffed with uncertainty, has moved into a brand new chapter — fortunately ever after.    

“Simply to be collectively, and be right here and even begin our family and have a child on the way in which, I couldn’t ask for extra,” HK stated.

HK has began a nonprofit in Las Vegas to assist different refugees with resettlement. You possibly can be taught extra concerning the Freedom Help Alliance by clicking right here.