December 8, 2021

‘Catastrophic’: Founders of Bay Area nonprofit Roots of Peace growing desperate to rescue Afghan employees in Kabul

The scenario for a Bay Area nonprofit group is growing extra tense by the day.

Roots of Peace is making an attempt to evacuate dozens of its at-risk Afghan employees from Kabul, however is discovering it troublesome. U.S. officers at the moment are providing help.

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Following the assault on the Kabul airport that killed greater than a dozen service members and dozens of Afghans, the scenario is growing extra dire for Bay Area-based non-profit Roots of Peace, that is been serving to Afghan farmers thrive for many years.

It is founders, Heidi and Gary Kuhn, usually are not giving up making an attempt to rescue dozens of their employees.

“Special greetings to our Afghan staff. We are here in Istanbul, Turkey. We extend heartfelt concern during this catastrophic period,” mentioned Heidi Kuhn in a taped assertion.

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The Kuhn’s taped the message from Istanbul, the place they’re working to evacuate employees. They are saying, Taliban safety have requested for the names of its employees members whereas they’re working with the brand new authorities and getting employees paid.

“We’ve figured out how to make payroll, in process you’ll soon have that. The next few weeks will have lots of changes for all of us, we need to figure out the new environment,” mentioned Gary Kuhn.

The Kuhn’s have appealed to President Biden for assist and despatched Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter asking for help.

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We tried to discuss with Pelosi after an occasion in San Francisco however she left shortly, with out discussing the scenario in Afghanistan.

A short while later, ABC7 acquired this assertion from Pelosi’s workplace which mentioned in half:

“The Speaker raised the need to evacuate Roots of Peace workers directly with Secretary of State Blinken, Secretary of defense Austin and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Milley during a recent house member call, in addition to working diligently with the departments of state and defense.”

However simply getting close to the airport might be terrifying. A former navy interpreter from the Bay Area, who selected to stay nameless, informed about his expertise, the place he thought he’d be killed.

“I had a gun pointed in my face four times, I held up my visa and passport saying don’t shoot me, don’t shoot me.”‘

The San Francisco Archdiosese was tweeting help for Afghanistan and Roots of Peace and providing prayers in a particular service on Friday.

On Thursday, Heidi Kuhn acquired a name from Consultant Nancy Pelosi’s workplace, providing its help going ahead.