In Kabul, Afghanistan, a father steps outside his front door and fears for his life. He regularly endures brutal insults and even death threats from neighbors, who have asked his family to move away.
Twenty-eight-year-old Sayed Assadullah Pooya once had good relations with his extended family. But after the birth of his third child, a boy, those family relations became estranged.
“I didn’t know at the beginning that Afghan people would be so sensitive about a name,” Sayed told Agence France-Presse. But people are feeling more than just sensitivity over the father’s choice for his son’s name — they are downright outraged.
Sayed moved his family halfway across the country, to Kabul, just to escape his family’s wrath. The family lived unassuming lives for the past year and a half until photo documents of their baby’s name appeared on Facebook.
Meet 18-month-old baby Donald Trump, a toddler living life blissfully unaware, so far, of the steep controversy surrounding his name. Donald’s father chose the name in hopes that his son would grow up to be wealthy and successful like his namesake.
Donald was born just months before Americans elected President Trump in 2016. “I did a lot of research about him and that motivated me to choose his name for my son,” Sayed explained.
But once word got out about baby Donald Trump, Sayed and his family became the subject of death threats.
Many have accused the father of endangering his child’s life by giving him such a non-Islamic, pro-American name.
Sayed has admitted he does feel anxiety and fear on a daily basis. “When I go out of the house I feel intimidated,” he said.
Sayed knows hardship lies ahead for baby Donald, but he still believes his name will help him find success in the long run.
“It’s likely that he will be harassed or beaten by his classmates,” Sayed acknowledged.
In the face of angry backlash, Sayed remains committed to the name. “I won’t reconsider (his name),” Sayed declared. “To hell with the other people.”
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