NBC San Diego Interview, Antal Evacuee Recounts Journey to Freedom
Primetime interview with Shawn Vandiver (Navy Veteran, Afghan Evac Coalition founder) and Prince Wafa (Task Force Antal evacuee and volunteer) by Priya Sridhar, NBC San Diego, December 19, 2021
Veterans demand American leaders take action to help Afghan evacuees who helped the U.S. in Afghanistan.
“Experts say there are at least 100,000 Afghans who are eligible for a visa to the United States who were left behind.” – Priya Sridhar, NBC San Diego
“The Antal group helped me when I was in Afghanistan. We were in daily contact with them… With the connections they had on the ground in Kabul… it was life-saving at that time… and then after that, every step of the way until I got on to the plane. They even helped me contact Congress, write a letter to the president… Then [in Doha] Antal group helped me fill out the forms… then submit them back to the U.S. Embassy… their help was absolutely life-saving and I really appreciate it.” – Prince Wafa, Afghan-American who was supported, along with his wife, to escape Afghanistan and lawfully, safely return to the U.S.
“The Afghan Evac Coalition is made up of 120 organizations like Task Force Antal all working towards the shared value of keeping our promise – getting people out of Afghanistan and making sure they are able to come and enjoy the American dream.” – Shawn Vandiver, Navy Veteran and Afghan Evac Coalition founder
Watch now to follow Prince´s journey, and to hear from Vandiver the main points of the 15 action items presented by the coalition in a letter to top leaders in the United States to “honor its promise to those who remain in Afghanistan”.
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