Escape from Afghanistan
Forty years of war, chronic poverty, climate change-driven natural disasters, and now COVID-19 are a deadly combination for people in Afghanistan. Even before the latest escalation in violence, half the population required humanitarian assistance.
Escape from Afghanistan: fear and terror as evacuation enters final phase. The humanitarian effort is becoming more fraught as western forces prepare to leave Kabul airport in the hands of the Taliban.
or the past fortnight, following the collapse of Afghan forces which Nato allies had trained and funded over the past 20 years, Hamid Karzai airport has been the centre of an international mission to bring foreigners and Afghans who worked alongside them to safety. A fragile agreement struck by the US with the new Taliban leadership has allowed western allies to manage the airport perimeter and operate flights. Amid rising instability, international forces had evacuated well over 100,000 of their own nationals and Afghans, but panic is growing among those who fear being left behind.
Embassies were also inundated with requests for help from others who had not been directly employed by foreign governments, as well as individuals involved in projects funded by them: human rights activists, journalists and women — who are seen as particularly at risk from the Taliban.
Time is running out for tens of thousands of Afghans trying to flee the Taliban after their takeover of the country.
The world cannot afford to turn its back on Afghanistan and Afghan lives at risk.
With the withdrawal of United States military forces from Afghanistan nearing completion, more than 18,000 Afghans who served American forces, and their families, are at risk. This decision to pull out from Afghanistan has left between 100 and 200 Americans and tens of thousands of American Afghan allies to face a future of uncertainty and danger.
Our non-profit organization Range 214 is trying its best to evacuate Afghanis and US nationals who are stranded in Afghanistan along with their families. Range 214 is able to provide logistics, mechanisms and networks that are on the ground in Afghanistan to help people come out of Afghanistan, evacuating and getting them to their end destination, or resettling them in other countries. We make arrangements to ensure neighboring states allow refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan to enter and seek protection. Our organization assists Afghan families transitioning to the United States. Over the past few weeks, we have been working relentlessly, 24/7, to keep our clients, staff, and families alive and safe. We are evacuating centers, pausing operations, and continually assessing risks. We are working day and night to provide safe shelter, resources, and aid to keep the thousands of women, children, families, and the staff who are under our care. Our organization provides food, housing assistance, clothing, and other basic needs for our Afghan friends as they await the official services available to them. Refugees are paired with a case manager right away to assist them with securing long-term housing, transportation and meals. Our volunteers assist with transportation from the airport and temporary housing for refugees in homes while they await their own long-term accommodations. Our nonprofit organization is also asking for cash donations, as well as household supplies, laptops, gift cards and school supplies to be dropped off at designated locations.
As of August 23, Range 214 has worked to:
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