But now, separated from TABISH, the nonprofit he founded with just a donated laptop and built into an NGO with its own office building and 350 employees, he’s already trying to give back in the U.S.
“People treat me as a refugee…burdening the shoulder of government,” the soft-spoken but animated medical doctor told Fox News Friday. “But as a human being, I want to contribute something with this country, with this nation – that is the first goal for me.”
Aria and his wife are Afghan nationals with green cards who have lived in Virginia since 2017. The youngest of their four children is an American citizen, and they went back to Afghanistan earlier this summer to visit relatives and so Aria could do work for his NGO.
“We never thought that the country, the regime would collapse,” he said.
And President Biden’s abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops left them shocked when the news reached them at a relative’s home.