Last summer, Najma, a health care worker based in Kabul, had the most eventful week of her life: First, she narrowly survived a terrorist attack at the hospital where she works. Then, just days later, as she was still making sense of the terrifying event, she got the news of a lifetime: Her father had won a green card to the United States in a lottery through the diversity visa program, which promotes immigration from underrepresented nations. Najma and her family would be able to immigrate with him and live a peaceful life in the United States, something she had always dreamed of for herself and her siblings.
“It was like God’s message,” she said. “My parents and I were suffering from a bad situation mentally, but suddenly we found hope.”
So the family filed the necessary paperwork and waited for an interview at the US Embassy, a process that usually took…