A group of military families and veterans, including a post 9/11 veteran who served in Afghanistan and the mother of a Marine who left Hamid Karzai International Airport last week, gather in a home to watch Joe Biden’s speech announcing that all troops are out of Afghanistan, on August 31, 2021 in Long Beach California. (Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 3:37 PM PT – Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Family and friends of dozens of students from Sacramento have made a desperate plea for help to ensure their loved ones stuck in Afghanistan return home safely. Weeks after the Taliban took control of Kabul, hundreds of Americans remain stranded in Afghanistan, including dozens of students from the Sacramento area.
The family and friends of two young girls who traveled from California to Afghanistan in July have been doing everything they can to help bring them home safely.
“They went to Afghanistan because of their dad’s funeral and they really need help,” said Fatima Akbari, a friend of one of the girls currently stuck in Afghanistan.
The older sister of the two girls said they’re staying with their mother at a family member’s home in Kabul. She has been communicating with them by phone, but they relayed to her that they’re unable to return safely because of threats from the Taliban.
“She said to me all airport closed because the Taliban in Afghanistan,” said Behshta.
Officials with the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento confirmed a total of 29 students are stuck in Afghanistan and they’re doing everything they can to help them. In addition, dozens of students from San Diego County were also stranded in Afghanistan and have been gradually returning to the U.S.
This comes after Joe Biden made a promise that any American who wanted to come home, would be able to come home. However, Biden has yet to live up to his word.