It’s the first frosty day in November and a young Afghan father named Shirzad is sitting in the living room of a rented row house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Three former members of the Afghan National Army sit with him, fiddling with their phones and drinking tea. In Afghanistan, they guarded U.S. bases, gathered military intelligence, and interpreted for U.S. troops. Now they’ve been dropped into the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, where horse-drawn buggies slow traffic and farmers peddle produce at America’s oldest farmers market.
None of these four men can return to his home in Afghanistan. As collaborators with Americans, they’re marked for revenge by the Taliban, now firmly back in control of the country. And while they feel lucky