Remembering Afghanistan in August, Then and Now
Many ran for Kabul International Airport. It was complete chaos.
That fateful night, August 15, 2021, sent hundreds of thousands of people running for their lives. American citizens, U.S. legal permanent residents, U.S. visa holders, and non-visa holding family members and Afghan allies of U.S. forces – all targets of Taliban retaliation, actively hunted by the terrorist organization as retribution for helping or being associated with the U.S. and its 20-year effort to keep Taliban terror at bay in the country.
There were few who were fortunate enough to reach the airport, then a gate, then an evacuation flight. Our team got a few hundred of them through and onto planes in those first days after the Taliban takeover. Since then, we´ve helped nearly 2000 get that miracle passage to safety. But there are thousands more still trapped, with months and months of waiting ahead of them.
The innocent children, women, and men left behind who had lived with or beside our U.S. citizen-soldiers in Afghanistan, served them as interpreters and intelligence operatives, fought in combat alongside them, married them, and birthed their children, and their actual children… they need us now more than ever. They have the right to lawful entry into the U.S., but the processes to secure their visas are arduous and flights are few and far between even for those who have long since been approved for evacuation and repatriation.
Today, Task Force Antal cares for 1800 children, women, and men that we are actively trying to get out. Those in this dire circumstance are not able to live and work freely in Afghanistan, as the Taliban continue to hunt, torture, and kill allies and family members of U.S. troops. But they can´t leave yet, because their paperwork is in process or there simply aren´t enough flights (as we publish this post, the average is only one flight per week). So, we hide and care for them as we advocate their cases with the State Department.
These people require and deserve our full and dedicated support. We cannot and will not fail them.
The first call Christine and Mark Antal received to help a friend´s interpreter get to the gate in Kabul Airport, was one of countless calls Task Force Antal has answered. Our efforts have not let up, and we have not rested since that first day. Every day for a whole year, we have been a literal lifeline for thousands.
We must continue to provide for those who haven´t yet made it out, who have yet to get their miracle. With your help, we can keep housing and caring for them, helping get them medical care and medicine, covering the high and rising costs of application processes.
Sincerely, every dollar counts. Please donate today to our campaign for those left behind in Afghanistan so that they may make it out alive, healthy, and able to live freely and safely.
Answer this call with us.