Afghanistan: 29 Students from California Remains Stranded

After the Biden administration’s self-imposed deadline to withdraw all its troops from Taliban-fallen Afghanistan, around 29 California students still remain in the war-torn country.

Unable to go back home to the US at the start of the school year, the remaining students were identified to be from California, part of the Sacramento school district.

“We stand ready to support these students and families in whatever way that we can, and are working closely with state elected officials to provide the information as we receive it from our families.

San Juan Unified stands with our Afghan community and all those whose loved ones are currently in Afghanistan. We sincerely hope for their speedy and safe return back to the U.S. and back to our school communities,” A Sacramento school district representative said.

According to Sacramento-hailing Democrat Ami Bera, his office has been concentrated on bringing the students back home and has been working consistently with the Sacramento school district. 

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“Our office has been in close contact with the San Juan Unified School District and has urgently flagged this with the Department of Defense and State Department. We have not received an update from DOD or State,” Travis Horne, spokesperson for Bera, told a news outlet.

However, Bera’s office says there still is no White House directive that promotes exactly how to bring the children back to America. The White House has previously promised to bring all Americans and American allies home. 

In the past week, ahead of the self-imposed August 31 deadline, American troops have been rushing to evacuate all Americans out of Afghanistan, which has already fallen to Taliban rule. According to reports, around 122,000 people were successfully evacuated over this past week. 

Although, the fate of those who remain in Afghanistan is still in limbo, especially after the attacks in Kabul airport killing 13 U.S. service members and over 170 Afghans. 

As of writing, around 200 Americans are still stuck in Afghanistan. 

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