Afghan refugee finds home Musadiq Bidar winds up for the pitch.
Bases are loaded. No outs. The high schoolers on the visitors' bench are bigger and have more swagger. They know Musadiq is new to pitching, and the stress shows on his face. But if anyone can handle it, it's the 17 year old everyone calls Moose kate spade handbags canada sale at in Danville. Seven years ago, when Musadiq worked 12 hour days making carpets in a dingy Pakistani factory, his biggest worry was whether he'd make enough money so his family could eat more than powdered milk for dinner. Chased out of his native Afghanistan by the college. His life thus far could fill a book, and he's a natural storyteller, landing parts in school plays and reporting for the school paper. So although his pitching is still shaky, he puts his errant throws into perspective. kate spade wallets on sale shop He ends up walking the hitter, forcing a run home, and his team loses the game 12 6. Like his teammates, Musadiq is disappointed, but his perspective is different. "I'm so appreciative of everything I have now," said Musadiq, as he stretched out in the sun during lunch on a bench at Athenian School. "It amazes me how much American kids take for granted if their parents take away their phone or block them from Facebook for a week, they say they're going to die." When Musadiq, his parents, younger brother and sister received refugee status and moved from the Pakistani refugee camp to Concord in 2003, he enrolled in sixth grade. It was the first time he had ever been in school, and he had to learn English. "Imagine my shock when I entered the classroom and saw girls being educated right alongside the boys," he wrote in his college application essay. It was the first time in many years that Musadiq's father,, felt hope for his children. "I had a good life, I worked as a radio producer for a youth program in Kabul and we had a nice house, but everything fell apart," said Nasir Bidar in Farsi, as his son translated. Musadiq's father worked as a journalist for the government, and that drew the attention of the Taliban. When Musadiq was an infant in 1993, a bomb fell on the family home, killing his paternal grandfather and injuring his father and maternal grandparents. Moving away The family abandoned everything and left to live with relatives in the Parwan province in northern Afghanistan, and three years later relocated to refugee camps in Pakistan while they awaited refugee status in the United States. Seven members of the Bidar family lived in a mud hut with a few blankets, a few pieces of clothing and on good days, rice, flour and oil. Musadiq remembers constant hunger and the look of failure on his parents' faces. Once his mother walked an hour in 110 degree heat for a block of ice, which had melted in half by the time she returned. "My brother and I, we'd have to last the whole day with that ice cube," Musadiq said. Even though Musadiq's first school in Concord was state ranked as low performing, he marveled at the computers, desks and abundant school supplies. citizenship papers processed. Getting help One volunteer who worked on their case had a son at Athenian School in need of a community service activity to graduate. Her son DJ Lynch and his classmate became math tutors for Musadiq and his younger brother Sajaad. Through their encouragement, Musadiq and Sajaad applied to Athenian, which covered each boy's annual $28,500 tuition with monies from the school's scholarship fund. DJ and Matt also raised some funds to help with the brothers' tuition. Now, with an oversize T shirt, music headphones and backpack, Musadiq looks like any other student clustered under the majestic oak trees during lunch at the quiet 75 acre college preparatory campus in the Danville foothills. He loves the small classes and worldly discussions. In one class he studied the Holocaust, and another taught him the origins of Islam. "It gave me a better understanding of the history behind what happened to my family," he said. He spoke to the Political Novel class when they read 's "A Thousand Splendid Suns," about two teen girls struggling to survive Taliban tyranny. Teachers describe Musadiq as incredibly inquisitive and diplomatic, with an uncanny ability kate spade taschen sale to read people and say the right thing to get them talking.
Recently, he discussed the feasibility of offshore windmills as an energy source in his Environmental Science class, and suggested personal jet packs as a way to reduce reliance on oil. In Government and Finance class, he said corporations should not give hard money to political candidates, but soft donations TV spots or free labor were OK. "Sometimes he has different opinions he thinks differently compared to others and brings up new topics," said senior kate spade tote clearance.
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