Monday, October 3, 2022

30 California students trapped in Afghanistan after U.S. withdrawal: officials

School district officials confirmed to The Epoch Times that about 30 schoolchildren from California were trapped in Afghanistan after the U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan.

A spokeswoman for the San Juan Unified School District said in an e-mail on Wednesday that 27 students from 19 families in the San Juan Unified School District are in Afghanistan.

“These numbers continue to change rapidly. We believe that some of these families may be transiting from Afghanistan because we have not been able to contact many of them in the past few days,” she said.

A spokesperson for the Cajon Valley Unified School District said on Tuesday that three students from the same family were also “being left in Afghanistan.”

Officials in both regions are working hard to get children home safely from Central Asian countries controlled by the Taliban terrorist organization.

Although as many as 200 Americans remained in the country, the U.S. military completed its withdrawal on August 30. U.S. officials stated that they will try to use diplomacy to keep any Americans who want to leave.

Several members of Congress are helping students in San Juan, Sacramento, return home safely.

One of them is Rep. Ami Bera (California Democrat), a spokesperson confirmed to The Epoch Times.

“Our office has been in contact with the San Juan Unified School District, and [has] The student’s information was urgently flagged to the Department of Defense and the State Department. We are pushing for updates to the Department of Defense and the country,” the spokesperson said in an email on Wednesday.

A school district spokeswoman said that officials “sincerely hope that they can return to the United States and our school community quickly and safely.”

The Cajon Valley area of ​​the San Diego area received assistance from Congressman Darrell Issa (Republican Party of California). Last week, dozens of students and parents in the area were trapped in Afghanistan. But a spokesperson for the region said that many people have since returned to California, while others are on the way.

“We are exploring strategies to rescue them and bring them home,” he added.

Zachary Stieber reports on US news, including political and court cases. He started working as a reporter for the New York City subway in The Epoch Times.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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