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Afghan refugees watch fireworks on Savannah's River Street

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

For Farida Popal, who came to the U.S. as a refuge from Afghanistan, Independence Day was a particular cause for celebration. Popal and her family fled Afghanistan after her father's death.

"He was missing for three months," she remembered, watching fireworks on River Street. "And then, we finally found out he's been killed by Taliban."

After sneaking across the border in a cargo truck with her family, Popal, 34, spent most of her childhood as a refugee in Pakistan.

"We didn't have rights there," she said. "We couldn't work there. It was a very hard situation to just live there."

Popal came to the U.S. in 2001 and now works at Augusta's Fort Gordon as a translator. Her little sister, Shagupa, 19, went back to Afghanistan last year as an Army translator.

For Shagupa Popal, July 4th is about, "freedom. I can actually be free without thinking about who's watching or what's going to happen."

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