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Afghan Community, Refugees Face an Uncertain Future

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Members of the Bay Area's Afghan community in Golden Gate Park Friday night were listening to music that reminded them of home.

The event was a free concert put on by non-profit organization Value Culture and Seven Seas Music.

Many people who attended the event said they have heavy hearts thinking of their family members who are still in Afghanistan.

Afghan signer Mozhdal Jamalzadah shared her concerns about people left behind in Afghanistan including her father.

“Very worried. I'm worried about Afghanistan in general the situation,” she said. “Especially women and girls that’s who I have been advocating for all these years but family yes I am deeply worried about them.”

Many in the crowd said they have family living in dangerous conditions after the United States military left the country.

Nasrat Wahedi said his brother and sisters are in danger because relatives worked for the Afghan military.

“Maybe tonight, he doesn't call or pick up maybe they kidnap him or take him to jail,” he said.

Latif Kohistani told NBC Bay Area Friday that he was trying to get his brother to safety in the United States.

“His life is in danger. He is in Iran. He is seeking asylum,” he said.

Through a translator, Fatima Rasa told NBC Bay Area that she managed to leave Kabul during the airlift evacuation, leaving a successful career and family behind.

“She just came with a bag behind her back that was it. We are trying to help her as a refugee,” Rasa's translator said.

Rasa and others aren't sure what the future holds but Friday's music of home provided some much-needed joy.

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