Hamad Ahmadi, the Afghanistan refugee who sparked controversy by sharing a photo of food given to him in a way that some felt was complaining has revealed he collected feedback from other refugees on food to share with those in charge.
Ahmadi wrote Sept 2nd “Not complaining but this is what I got last night for dinner and the next meal is 12 hours later. Refugee life might be safe but never easy & favorable. Fort bliss El Paso Texas.”
Not complaining but this is what I got last night for dinner and the next meal is 12 hours later. Refugee life might be safe but never easy & favorable. Fort bliss El Paso Texas. #AfghanRefugees #afghanistan pic.twitter.com/2X7eP8Uwa0
— Hamed Ahmadi (@ahmadihamed_) September 2, 2021
He updated Monday:
Update on the situation at Fort Bliss:
1.We had several meetings so far with the high USG official in charge of the Afghan refugees resettlement process & Fort Bliss top generals on their request. #AfghanRefugees
2.They appreciated us for raising the issue and we’re working together now to create a joint initiative with the help of Afghan volunteers in the camp to create a communication & awareness channel on issues like food, safety, hygiene, integration and so on. #AfghanRefugees
3.I personally reached out to many Afghan refugees in past two days to collect feedback on food & shared with those in charge. Now we’re seeing improvement. Same budget, same food provider but better food, better discipline thanks to better communication. #AfghanRefugees
One Twitter user replied:
I sympathize with your situation but it’s rather naief and untactical to complain and make it public on twitter. You send the message that you’re ungrateful and that puts a lot of people of!
Abd Ahmad, realise that American soldiers risked their lives to safe you from the Taliban! In that light doesn’t it show the pettiness and banality of your ‘food problem’? So start twittering how grateful you are to be alive thanks to them. Good luck!