The crisis in Afghanistan has unsettled and saddened us all. Tens of thousands of Afghans who worked for the U.S. as interpreters, engineers, security guards, embassy personnel, and cultural advisors (as a group called “allies”) remain in danger in Afghanistan. The fear is these courageous and loyal people will be abandoned to the Taliban. One local Afghan reports family members still in Afghanistan have already had the Taliban come to their homes with threats due to his earlier involvement with US troops.
The Administration so far has evacuated 1,700 Afghan allies to Fort Lee, VA and approximately 20,000 to seven other bases in the US where they are being screened. Following that, they will be assigned to one of seven resettlement agencies for permanent resettlement in our country, Resettlement agencies are organizations who have contractual agreements with the Department of State to provide reception, placement and transitional services to newly arrived refugees. These agencies have representatives at Fort Lee and other bases assisting with processing our Afghan friends and setting the stage for their eventual resettlement in local communities throughout the US, including the Triangle.
Locally, these agencies are: Church World Service (CWS) and World Relief in Durham; US Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), and Lutheran Services Carolinas in Raleigh. Because RSC is not such an agency, we are not involved with the initial placement of new arrivals, although we partner with these agencies to provide certain services.
Thank you to those of you who have contacted us about how to help. There are several ways at this time:
- Make a financial contribution to one of these four local agencies to assist with housing and other needs for Afghans when they do arrive in our communities.
- Consider sponsoring a newly arrived family. If you are interested, click here to complete a form. Or to learn more about sponsoring a family, contact one of the above agencies.
- Urge Congress and the Administration to use all means possible to evacuate our vulnerable allies and their families to safety, despite the official withdrawal of US troops. Here’s a link from CWS for details. Take Action: Urge the Administration to Expand Refugee Protections for Afghans Fleeing Violence and Persecution | CWS
The 08/18/21 edition of The News and Observer had an excellent article on how local resettlement agencies are preparing for Afghan arrivals. It has contact information for the two agencies in Durham.
Finally, we continue to work with a local Afghan family trying to get over 20 family members out of Afghanistan. We are committed to reciprocating his loyalty to our country by doing all we can to stand by him and assist in the process. Thank you for caring about refugees in our community and for those who will soon be joining our community.
Thank you for caring about refugees in our community and for those who will soon be joining our community.