Washington, DC – Afghan-American activist Halema Wali says she receives dozens of texts each day from folks making an attempt to flee Afghanistan.
Her cousin, whose father labored with the US, and his household had been unable to get on an evacuation flight from the capital Kabul this month after two failed makes an attempt and a fruitless 36-hour wait with no meals or water at Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport.
Now, Wali’s kinfolk reside between secure homes in worry of Taliban repression, the neighborhood activist stated, as calls are rising for the Biden administration to do extra to assist weak Afghans who stay within the nation after the final US troops left on Monday.
“Whereas President Biden triumphs in withdrawing from one of many United States’ longest wars, it leaves behind … US residents, authorized everlasting residents, visa holders and at-risk members of Afghan civil society,” Wali stated throughout a digital information convention on Tuesday.
Wali, the co-founder of the Afghans For A Higher Tomorrow Marketing campaign, added that the US has an ethical duty to the folks of Afghanistan after the 20-year conflict adopted by a “messy and irresponsible” withdrawal.
“President Biden was elected on a values-based platform, and that must be prolonged at this second to the mess he created in Afghanistan now; tens of millions of lives are at stake,” she stated.
Throughout the identical information convention, Lida Azim, co-founder of Afghan Diaspora For Equality and Progress, laid out a listing of calls for for the Biden administration, together with ending US drone assaults in Afghanistan, taking in refugees, and delivering humanitarian support to the Afghan folks.
On Sunday, a US drone assault that Washington stated focused fighters from Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-Okay), an ISIL (ISIS) affiliate, killed 10 Afghan civilians, together with a number of youngsters, in accordance with members of the family.
ISKP had claimed duty for an assault close to the airport final week that killed no less than 175 folks.
“We’re not within the failed conflict on terror insurance policies of the previous 20 years,” Azim stated.
President Joe Biden and his prime aides have lauded the evacuation operation, describing it as the most important in historical past and stressing that the chaos that accompanied it was inevitable.
The withdrawal started on August 14, a day earlier than the Taliban seize management of Kabul following a blistering offensive prematurely of an August 31 US army withdrawal deadline set by Biden. The Taliban takeover got here after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation and Afghan safety forces collapsed.
US troops remained accountable for Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport (HKIA) till Monday. Based on the State Division, Washington and its allies airlifted 123,000 folks – Americans, third-country nationals and Afghan allies – in a foreign country.
Biden has repeatedly defended his resolution to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by Monday, even amid mounting criticism from US allies and lawmakers in Washington who described chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as a failure for the administration.
Bilal Askaryar, an Afghan-American activist who leads the #WelcomeWithDignity marketing campaign on the Ladies’s Refugee Fee, stated the demise of Afghan civilians on Sunday is the direct results of a “mismanaged” withdrawal.
“We in Afghan civil society within the Diaspora and others have been saying for years, if not many years, that any withdrawal must be responsibly managed,” Askaryar stated. “What we’re seeing now in Afghanistan is a humanitarian disaster that’s compounded by the way in which america has left in a haphazard method.”
On Tuesday, the Afghan-American activists stated the disaster might have been dealt with higher, beginning with streamlining visas within the early levels of withdrawal.
Each Azim and Wali stated the US army ought to have expanded the safety perimeter across the airport to make sure higher and safer entry to the positioning, whereas Azim additionally stated the State Division might have bypassed a few of the bureaucratic necessities to streamline visa processing.
“They may have had a greater withdrawal, to say the least,” she stated. “They may have expanded the perimeter across the airport to supply extra safety … They may have executed loads higher.”