OPINION – As Americans just celebrated and gave thanks for their abundant food and freedom here in the United States, we also need to reflect on our allies, and their families, and even fellow Americans, still trapped in a collapsing and increasingly deadly Afghanistan.
While groups such as PLAN B – THE ARC have had successes in rescuing many hundreds of Afghans as recently as several weeks ago, and some Americans, there are still thousands left behind in desperate conditions.
Please hear the remarks of Plan B’s Rick Clay on iHeart Radio here, where he describes in detail our efforts and how the government is the biggest roadblock to these evacuations.
And as the hyperactive and biased news media focuses elsewhere, and the government ignores and avoids the catastrophe it created, attention and donations to these critical and noble volunteer humanitarian efforts have dwindled.
And this cannot come at a worse time.
As the harsh Afghan winter grows colder, and the Afghan economy collapses, many have no food shelter or income, having been forced into hiding for months by the terrorist Taliban which is quietly hunting many of them.
Sadly, in some cases, they have found them and brutally murdered them. Sometimes luring them in their desperation by texts to a fake evacuation site, only to kill them instead.
In one case we heard of, a father was thrown off the hotel roof where he was hiding as his family watched below.
Many will not have a meal today or be able to feed their children. Some have been forced to sell a child, or children into marriage, just to survive. Many will suffer and die because we are not able to get them out or get help to them as they patiently wait months for rescue.
Today, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is Giving Tuesday. Every year, on this day people take the time to kick off the Christmas and holiday season by giving back to their community — whether it is by donating money to a charitable cause or volunteering.
And this is one cause that desperately needs your help.
Today, and during the next week of this Christmas and holiday season, please consider donating time, resources, or money to support the efforts of ARCPLANB.org.
Our volunteers have been working nonstop, for free, for months day and night fighting to save lives. Even as some of our volunteers have been overwhelmed by the emotions and stress of the mission, PLAN B – the ARC is committed to help get every person who is eligible and deserves to be evacuated out of Afghanistan.
But we need your help. PLEASE DONATE NOW. Our Afghan allies will be forever thankful, and you will be glad you did. ADN