November 30, 2021

I-TEAM EXCLUSIVE: 3-year-old California boy stranded in Afghanistan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) — The US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has stranded between 100 and 200 Americans who wish to return to the states. One in every of them – a younger boy born close to Sacramento. I-Staff reporter Dan Noyes has an unique, horrifying story about what lies forward for the kid and his household.

This three-year-old boy was born close to Sacramento; his passport reveals he’s a US citizen, and he is going by means of a harrowing ordeal proper now, unable to flee Afghanistan. We’re hiding his identification and that of his father, a social employee, and different members of the family who’re all US everlasting residents, for concern of them being captured by the Taliban.

James Brown, Veterans Advocate, instructed the I-Staff, “I received a call Sunday morning at about 6 a.m. from a friend of mine who’s an active duty Marine Corps officer stationed overseas, and he basically felt like his hands were tied and he needed some help getting this family out.”

James Brown is a veterans advocate who’s been working since Sunday morning to get the household protected passage by means of the Kabul airport to the states. He contacted Consultant Jackie Speier and her workers, who jumped into motion.

“They’ve also made numerous phone calls to the White House, to the Secretary of Defense’s Office, and to the Secretary of State’s office escalating this family’s case all the way to the top for us.”

Speier wrote a letter To Whom It Might Concern, “I believe it is of particular and urgent concern that these individuals be allowed to pass through the gate and be given safe refuge at Hamid Karzai International Airport … so that they might be available for departure.”

Armed with that letter, the boy, his father and several other different members of the family approached the airport, however the Taliban attacked.
Brown stated, “And they were stopped by a Taliban checkpoint, and they received physical beatings at the gate and they were pushed back where they had to flee and return to a safe house.”

The I-Staff spent Monday funneling questions by means of our ABC Information colleagues in Washington to officers on the White Home and State Division.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken introduced the US Embassy in Kabul will stay closed and the diplomats might be moved to Doha, Qatar, including, “We will continue our relentless efforts to help Americans, foreign nationals, and Afghans leave Afghanistan if they choose.”

So, motion on this on many fronts, together with Congresswoman Jackie Speier and her workers. We have scheduled an interview together with her for Tuesday and can preserve you updated on the newest info.

Late Monday, the I-Staff discovered the boy and household are on the transfer, after linking with different People who’re determined to flee Afghanistan — with out the conventional channels of the US authorities, in the chaos that we left behind.

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