Thursday, September 23, 2021

US makes first public appearance inside base housing Afghan evacuation

FORT BLIS, Texas — The Biden administration provided the first public appearance on Friday inside a US military base where Afghans airlifted from Afghanistan are being screened, amid questions about how the government is caring for refugees and their Investigating.

The three-hour tour at Fort Bliss Army Base in El Paso, Texas, was the first time the media were given wide access to one of eight US military installations in Afghanistan.

About 10,000 Afghan refugees are living at the base while undergoing medical and security checks before resettling in the United States.

On Fridays, Afghan children played outside large white tents with soccer balls and basketballs. A young woman was still wearing dirty clothes.

The US government spent two weeks building a village to house Afghans. It is a vast area with hundreds of air-conditioned tents used as dormitories and dining halls in clean dirt areas, which in some ways resemble parts of the homeland.

US makes first public appearance inside base housing Afghan evacuation
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