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U.S. Inexperienced Card Holder Says Nation ‘Lied to Us,’ Left Them Behind in Afghanistan

A U.S. inexperienced card holder from Richmond, Virginia, and his household are stranded in Afghanistan and stated America “lied to us” and left them behind after promising that they might be evacuated, the Related Press reported.



a group of people posing for the camera: A U.S. green card holder said the U.S. lied to him and his family and left them behind in Afghanistan. In this photo, a demonstrator holds up an "Extend the Evacuation" sign as others chant during a "Save Afghan Lives" protest in Lafayette Park in front of the White House on August 28, 2021 in Washington, DC.


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A U.S. inexperienced card holder stated the U.S. lied to him and his household and left them behind in Afghanistan. On this photograph, a demonstrator holds up an “Lengthen the Evacuation” signal as others chant throughout a “Save Afghan Lives” protest in Lafayette Park in entrance of the White Home on August 28, 2021 in Washington, DC.

As U.S. evacuation efforts in Afghanistan have been underway throughout its remaining days, Javed Habibi was getting telephone calls from the U.S. authorities telling him to not fear and that his spouse and 4 daughters could be evacuated. Nonetheless, Habibi stays in Kabul together with lots of of U.S. residents and inexperienced card holders after the final evacuation flight departed from Afghanistan.

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“What does this inexperienced card even imply? Nothing. They did nothing,” stated Habibi, who’s an electrician. His particular immigration visa has allowed him to dwell in Virginia since 2015.

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Habibi and his household visited Afghanistan for the primary time since 2019 on June 22 and have been imagined to return to the U.S. on August 31.

For extra reporting from the Related Press, see beneath.

Habibi was advised to remain house and never fear, that they might be evacuated.

Late Monday, nevertheless, his coronary heart sank as he heard that the ultimate U.S. flights had left Kabul’s airport, adopted by the blistering staccato sound of Taliban gunfire, celebrating what they noticed as their victory over America.

Victoria Nuland, undersecretary of state for political affairs, wouldn’t handle particular person circumstances however stated all U.S. residents and lawful everlasting residents who couldn’t get evacuation flights or have been in any other case stranded had been contacted individually up to now 24 hours and advised to anticipate additional details about routes out as soon as these have been organized.

“We are going to talk on to them customized directions on what they need to do, when they need to do it, and the way america authorities feels we’re finest positioned to assist them try this,” added State Division spokesman Ned Worth.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised the evacuation effort regardless of the scenes of 1000’s of individuals jammed exterior the gates at Kabul’s airport. He stated between 100 and 200 remained in Afghanistan, promising that any American who desires to go away Afghanistan could be taken out.

For a few of those that stay, nevertheless, the trauma of making an attempt for almost two weeks to get onto a U.S. airplane continues to be harrowing.

About August 18, Habibi stated he bought an e mail from the U.S. authorities saying that his household—all inexperienced card holders besides for his or her youngest, who has a U.S. passport—could be evacuated.

Subsequent emails stated he ought to take his household to the airport. He obeyed, however the mad crush of individuals prevented him from getting close to the gate on his first two makes an attempt.

His daughter, Madina, who at 15 has flawless English and serves because the household spokesperson, stated she and her youthful sister have been nearly trampled on the airport. The household wrote again, “It is too harmful. We will not go into the gang,” she stated.

The emails saved arriving, saying they need to go to the airport, she stated.

By August 25, the emails had been changed by telephone calls from Arlington, Virginia, Madina stated. The callers, who recognized themselves as being from the U.S. Embassy, advised the household to remain at house and that the federal government was conscious of their location, she stated, talking for her father.

Habibi stated he nonetheless made 4 or 5 extra makes an attempt, even recruiting pals and family to wade into the gang with the household, forming a sort of protecting cordon. The youngest of the 4 ladies, Dunya, is 2 and was born within the U.S.

Habibi stated that on a minimum of two events, he bought shut sufficient to the gate that his passport was scanned however was refused entry. He shouted on the U.S. troopers, waving his paperwork.

Madina, who spoke to a lot of the callers from Virginia, stated she advised them the household was from Richmond. Even because the evacuations got here to an finish, Madina stated one caller promised, “We’re going to get you out. You aren’t going to get caught. Don’t fret. We all know the place you might be.”

Habibi stated they even pledged to select them up in a automotive.

“They lied. They did nothing,” he stated.

Habibi says he hasn’t been threatened by the Taliban and that nobody has bothered him however he’s nonetheless afraid. Information tales and horrifying posts on social media have him satisfied that the Taliban will kill him, he stated, though he admitted he would not know of anybody being focused.

“I am simply afraid. I comply with the information,” he stated.

He stated he is aware of of many households, some with U.S. inexperienced playing cards, who stay in Afghanistan.

Madina stated Marcia Vigar Perez, a trainer at Dumbarton Elementary, her former faculty, began a prayer chain for her protected return.

“On daily basis they name me,” she stated.

One other Afghan native who requested to be recognized solely as Ajmal, fearing retribution, stated he, his two brothers and their households—16 folks in all—have been granted emergency immigrant visas to be evacuated after one other brother in Virginia submitted the paperwork.

Ajmal displayed emails from the U.S. authorities that stated “please make your option to the Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport” and use the Camp Sullivan Gate, not the civilian entrance, though he additionally was warned that the gate may change each day.

He stated he and his family went to the airport, however heavy gunfire by the Taliban and the crush of 1000’s of individuals despatched them again house. On one event, he stated he acquired an e mail telling him and his household they might be picked up at a spot close to the airport at 3 a.m. He and his household waited on the road till 9 a.m., however nobody got here, he stated.

His brother, Wais, a U.S. citizen dwelling in Virginia, stated he had petitioned senators and crammed out paperwork to get his household to America.

“I’m annoyed and offended” at U.S. officers, Wais stated. “On a regular basis they are saying, ‘We’re engaged on it, we’re engaged on it,’ however then—nothing.”

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