“If you can’t pay it back, pay it forward” – Catherine Ryan Hyde
He was blessed to possess a beautiful mind. Went to the best universities and left with the highest honors. Is there something missing still? Maybe. Not for himself but for the people that were left behind…
Having heard of Hamed Wardak’s life journey, one goes to thinking, “he gives till it hurts”
Hamed Wardak was not an ordinary child and neither is he an ordinary man. He didn’t get to play as much as he wanted to, he needed to grow up real fast. At present, Hamed Wardak is the force behind a new generation for American refugees. A generation who, in looking back, can only move forward to a world of living harmoniously in peace.
In December of 1979, two years before the U. S. S. R. invaded Afghanistan, Hamed Wardak was born in the town of Kabul. The son of a military leader who bravely fought the Russians during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980’s, General Abdul Rahim Wardak, who was later appointed Afghanistan’s Defense Minister. As Defense Minister of Afghanistan, General Wardak worked closely with the governments of both Afghanistan and the United States. The goal was to stop and prevent further destruction by the Taliban upon Afghan land and allow for peace to reign. Being intelligent and a linguist, he served his homeland in his best capacity, hoping for ethnic reconciliation.
Hamed, as a small boy, was initially raised in nearby Pakistan. But as war was upon them, he and six million others had no choice but to flee as refugees.