In 2021, Massi fled Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and was detained for 56 days at the U.S. border. Since, he’s been accepted to Columbia where he hopes to prepare for a life dedicated to advocacy.
On October 28th, 2021, Massi Siddiqi and his family left their hometown of Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan for the last time when the city fell to the Taliban. After escaping to Mexico and crossing the border to the United States, he was detained for 56 days in a detention center. During this period of distress and fear, in a 15-by-15 ft. cell with no window or clock and up to 30 other detainees, Massi vowed he would dedicate his life to advocating and fighting for the people whose freedom is wrongfully taken and those whose voices are forcefully silenced.
Since his release, Massi has been accepted to Columbia University, where he intends to major in Political Science with a minor in International Relations, focusing on Comparative Politics. Massi needs our help with tuition so that he can reach his full potential at Columbia and pursue his dream of serving the world and profoundly impacting the communities that need it the most.
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