- A year ago this month, the American military evacuated more than 76,000 Afghans to the U.S. as it withdrew.
- But many former Afghan allies and family members didn’t make it, leaving them at risk of Taliban reprisals and an economic crisis.
- Those left behind continue to face obstacles in reaching safety as the U.S. and refugee advocates seek to accelerate their path to the U.S.
With the Taliban searching their Kabul neighborhood, Tamim Bedar’s children cried as his wife urged him to board a U.S. evacuation flight alone. He was the target, she said. They would follow.
Bedar, 42, in danger after years of work supporting U.S. goals in Afghanistan, reluctantly flew to the safety of a U.S. base in Qatar. Frantically working his contacts, he got his wife and four kids out a week later.