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A refugee who was rescued from Afghanistan isn’t happy with his free, taxpayer-funded meals at Fort Bliss in Texas.
We know because he tweeted a picture, presumably using an iPhone or smartphone.
This immediately sparked outrage.
Award-winning film producer Errol Webber fired back, “13 Marines sacrificed their life so you could come to our country and tweet about how you don’t like your free food.”
The tweet contains a photo of the meal he’d been served free of charge at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
The Afghan refugee wrote, “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,” the caption reads.
Take a look:
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
Despite commenting that he was “not complaining,” this is how the message was widely perceived.
Here are some of the responses:
So we rescued you from Afghanistan and are giving you food that the taxpayers are paying for and you have the nerve to complain?
In the words of @RealBrysonGray “if you don’t like this country you can leave”.
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) September 4, 2021
I was unable to reach a homeless veteran to ask how they like their free meals and free housing because they don’t get those things. Also they don’t have iPhones.
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) September 4, 2021
13 Marines sacrificed their life so you could come to our country and tweet about how you don’t like your free food. SMH! https://t.co/alrlrhFkRl
— Errol Webber (@ErrolWebber) September 4, 2021
You meant “Thank you American taxpayers for rescuing me.”
There. Fixed it for ya Hamed.
You could be dealing with the Taliban. Also, who gave you a smart phone?
Meanwhile our homeless veterans are starving on the streets here. https://t.co/1OUnW5ldCw
— Stacy Washington (@StacyOnTheRight) September 5, 2021
Half the plate is cropped out and it obviously has food on it.
13 American soldiers died horrific deaths evacuating this dishonest uninvited ingrate. https://t.co/zfFvDyGQrf
— No (@WorldClean_) September 5, 2021
In a response, Ahmadi explains that his mother wanted him to leave Afghanistan.
Alongside an image with his mother, Ahmadi wrote back, “She lost a son to a pointless war, a daughter to covid and now another son to migration.”
Ahmadi quoted his mother saying, “It is not gonna be easy son, but you should go! I can’t bear any more loss in this family. We’re too old and they will never come for us, you should save your life.”
She lost a son to a pointless war, a daughter to covid and now another son to migration. “It is not gonna be easy son, but you should go! I can’t bear any more loss in this family. We’re too old and they will never come for us, you should save your life.” She said. #afghanistan pic.twitter.com/4QEKlCMxsz
— Hamed Ahmadi (@ahmadihamed_) August 28, 2021
In an interview with the Independent, Ahmadi makes more concerning comments.
“I had a pretty good job back in Kabul. I had a decent life,” Ahmadi says.
“I had my family. I was forced to flee Afghanistan … if I had more space [on Twitter], I would have added more explanation – because I wanted to say that this is the refugee life. And we need to be patient.”
“The point of that tweet was not … to be complaining, to be very critical. I was just describing a situation of Afghan refugees that are in the situation that they never really wanted to be in,” he added.
Here’s the article from the Independent with Ahmadi responding, “Thank you”:
— Hamed Ahmadi (@ahmadihamed_) September 4, 2021
These comments didn’t sit well with American taxpayers who continued to express their concerns and anger.
Many believe these remarks from Ahmadi demonstrate that he is “spoiled” or “ungrateful” for the incredible sacrifice that was required to rescue him.
After everything your mom went through. And is going to go through, you left her? You abandoned her. What is she eating tonight for dinner?
— B E C K Y 🌺 (@ChiCubGrl) September 5, 2021
HOW could you leave your family behind, knowing they are in mortal danger? What kind of man are you?
— Rolling Stop (@RollingStop9) September 5, 2021
@ahmadihamed_ why aren’t you in your country fighting for yourself and your family?
— Marleaux (@GavroshMarleaux) September 5, 2021
Women and children should have been evacuated 1st. You should have stayed to fight for your country.
— Cleopatra_USA (@Cleopatra_USA) September 5, 2021