It was an embrace that meant the world to an Oklahoma family. Kristy Brod and her 2-year-old daughter landed at Will Rogers Airport Tuesday night after weeks of travel.
Brod was English teacher in Afghanistan for 7 years. She told News 9 she knew she had to flee when the government collapsed but leaving her life behind was heartbreaking.
She and her family traveled from Qatar to Kabul and then Germany before landing in Washington D.C. She was then separated from her husband, who is not a US citizen, at a refugee camp in Texas.
“I cried so many times on the way since leaving because I have people I love so much back there. They are still in danger; they are still in harm’s way, and I feel bad that I can’t really do anything for them you know,” Brod said.
Her aunt, Cathy Timmons, was able to communicate with her via Facebook and bought her and her daughter a plane ticket to Oklahoma City.
“She told us ‘I’m on a plane going to Qatar’ so we were so relieved and when she got on American soil we said, ‘thank you, God’,” said Timmons.
Kristy was only able to take a carry on with her. They have a Facebook fund to help her start over in Oklahoma.
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