Afghanistan’s last Jewish family just fled the country. Their dream home? Canada

Tova Moradi, left, sits in an airport lounge on her way out of Afghanistan on Oct. 1, 2021. (Photo courtesy IsraAID)

Tova Moradi is in her late 70s. After the Taliban came to power and threatened to stone her, one of the last remaining Jews in Afghanistan, she knew she had to leave the country.

Weeks ago, a joint Canadian-Israeli rescue mission snuck Moradi and some of her extended family out of the country. But even though it happened weeks ago, details are only now being released, since Moradi and her family have landed safely in a Middle Eastern country on Oct. 25. That means four of Moradi’s children, who live in Canada, can sleep a little easier.

But the story doesn’t end there. The rescue mission got them out, but the next step remains a mystery: Where will they end up? Moradi and other family members are hoping it will be Canada, but that’s not a sure bet.

On today’s episode of The CJN Daily podcast, we’re joined by Joseph Friedberg, the man at the centre of the rescue operation, as well as Moradi’s daughter Korshid.

What we talked about:

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