After almost 20 years, the US military ended its mission in Afghanistan. On-site helpers are now acutely at risk. President Joe Biden provides funding for a relief program.
US President Joe Biden has approved up to $ 100 million for refugees from Afghanistan. The money coming from an emergency fund will be used to meet “unexpectedly urgent needs” of people who are at risk because of the situation in the country, it said in a statement from the White House. The funds will also benefit Afghan aid workers who supported the US military on the ground and applied for special immigrant visas for the United States.
Despite the advance of the Taliban, Biden had announced that the Afghanistan mission would end on August 31 – after almost 20 years. Then only US soldiers should remain to protect the embassy in Afghanistan. Many Afghans who worked for the USA during the deployment, such as interpreters, can apply for special immigrant visas for the USA. According to experts, the aid workers are threatened with revenge by the militant Islamist Taliban after the troops have withdrawn.
The US State Department announced this week that a number of local aid workers from Afghanistan will initially be housed in a military base in the US state of Virginia. These are people who have undergone a special security check and are particularly advanced in the application process for a corresponding US visa. The first resettlements are scheduled to begin at the end of July, so around 2,500 helpers, including their family members, are eligible.