Some attendees at a party and fundraiser for Industry's Humanitarian Support Alliance, aka, Team Zubair, at Atithi Studios in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The nonprofit effort supports people newly resettled in the U.S. with needs such as driving lessons, vehicle down payments, and rent assistance.
Mike Stancil, chief operating officer of Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, Carmen Gentile, founder of Postindustrial Media, and Kim Palmiero, CEO of Postindustrial Media, at a party and fundraiser for Industry's Humanitarian Support Alliance, aka, Team Zubair, at Atithi Studios in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Amiri, center, in red coat, resettled in 2021 to Pittsburgh, from Afghanistan where he became a member of special forces, helping the US military.
“I was a bus driver for a few months when I was in my 20s; then I decided to join the army,” he told Postindustrial, when he resettled. “I later chose to become a special forces member, because they were the strongest, well equipped and well paid.” He is working to obtain his learner's permit to drive.
Carmen Gentile, Postindustrial founder with Zubair Babakarkhail, center right, and guests at a fundraiser for Team Zubair, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Atithi Studios in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania. Zubair is the namesake for the nonprofit effort, which is all volunteer and supported mostly through individual donations.
Donors, supporters, and grantees of Team Zubair, including Zubair Babakarkhail, third from left; Kim Palmiero, CEO of Postindustrial, center; volunteer Iffat Idrees, fourth from right, and Carmen Gentile, Postindustrial founder, third from right.
Amiri worked closely with US soldiers as a member of special forces in Afghanistan, and shared last year for a story in Postindustrial how difficult it was to leave his homeland — and the US military members he'd worked with, so quickly. He's pictured here with Silab, also a former soldier, just after they arrived in Pittsburgh. Amiri is working on obtaining his learner's permit to drive a car.
Kim Palmiero, CEO of Postindustrial Media, with Zubair Babakarkhail, board member of Team Zubair, At this time last year, he was just settling into Pittsburgh after a harrowing months-long journey to get his family out of Afghanistan as it was falling to the Taliban. He now helps others resettle, as a full-time job, and as a volunteer. He worked full-time as a journalist in Afghanistan and continued reporting even while living on a military base before arriving in Pittsburgh. Zubair has reported for outlets around the world, and is a contributor to Postindustrial Media.
A 2021 edition of Postindustrial Media's magazine. Zubair Babakarkhail's daughter, Javeria Babak, 7, blows bubbles in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park, shortly after they moved here.
John Allison, editor of Shady Ave. magazine, with Glenn Corliss, at a party and fundraiser for Industry's Humanitarian Support Alliance, aka Team Zubair, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Atithi Studios in Sharpsburg.
Atithi Studios in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania. Located on Canal Street, it is an events space and hub for artists and art exhibitions.