NO ONE LEFT BEHIND
Refugee Mission | Kabul to Queens
After two decades of war, Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul was captured by the Taliban in August of 2021, the result of a military offensive which led to the overthrow of the Afghanistan Government, under the failed leadership of President Ashraf Ghani, who abandoned his people and surrendered control to the Taliban.
Thousands of Afghan families were left to die at the hands of the Taliban, who swore vengeance against all who supported U.S. Forces during the 20 year war. Despite this, the U.S. provided no exit strategy for their allies to escape torture and death under Taliban rule.
In response, a coordinated effort between nonprofit organizations and military personnel in Afghanistan, took it upon themselves to assist families escape into bordering Turkey, where they could apply for temporary asylum.
Those who made it across the border, were put in contact with Veterans Rebuilding Life, who acted as liaison for families applying for citizenship through the U.S. Embassy. Those who were successfully cleared by homeland security were granted permission to fly to the U.S. for relocation.
Veterans Rebuilding Life collaborated with the International Rescue Committee, (IRC) and Open Door, a NY based charity, to assist arriving families secure adequate housing, furniture, and employment upon arriving to the U.S. where they would begin their new lives.