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“Are you disappointed that your son Khaled is not interested in Afghanistan and visiting the land of his birth?” I ask.

“Not really. These young people who grow up in Western countries, especially the United States, they are not interested in this type of country. We are not developed yet. We don’t have running water in our bathrooms, cold and warm water. But that’s okay. If he chooses to stay over there, I’m happy with it.”

I have to know: “You have over 50 types of grapes in Afghanistan?”

“Oh, yes. Actually, we have 75 different kinds of grapes. They are soft and very delicate. And, oh, so tasty. For grapes, it is paradise over here.”

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