Caroline Clarin, who has been working in Minnesota for days, is trying to give hope to people who are going through a series of frustrating messages from the distant world.
Clarin and her husband Illyll Raymond, who has run the U.S. Department of Agriculture program in Afghanistan since 2017, have helped five Afghans and their families enter the United States through the program. They are now trying to help more than half a dozen other Afghans and their families have left Afghanistan.
“I was getting messages of despair and waiting to be killed by the Taliban, and I didn’t finish until it was over,” said Raymond. And instead of sitting in a comfortable chair in Minnesota where I feel comfortable, I try to say ‘please don’t despair, think about your children and hold on’.
Throughout the United States, Americans have quickly taken control of the Taliban and are rushing to help Afghan refugees. Compassionate, introverted people range from volunteers in refugee resettlement agencies to Mr. Clarin and Mrs. Raymond.
For his part, Russell Smith, chief executive of the Texas Immigration Service, said people are calling for agencies like him to help prepare for the coming. Normally, it gets at least a week’s notice that families are coming to the cities where they live, but that speeds up.
Mr Smith said of the newcomers: “It’s a little faster than we were prepared. I think it can be prepared by anyone.”
Since the end of July, more than 2,000 Afghans have flown to the Fort Lee military base in Virginia, and thousands more are expected. Afghans who work for the US government and their families may be eligible for a special refugee visa. Tens of thousands more have been delayed due to delays in applying for visas.
From Fort Lee, the goal is to relocate them to their new communities “as soon as possible,” said Jennifer Simie, senior vice president of the International Rescue Committee.
Refugees receive temporary food and housing assistance during the first 90 days of non-profit organizations working with a combination of government assistance and private donations. They may also have access to some long-term services, such as language courses and citizenship courses, but they are expected to live independently.
“They have to be very patient. This is not easy, ”said Stephen Carratini, director general of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Basically, by hiring, paying their rent, that has to happen very quickly.
Afghans who worked for Mrs. Clarin in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2011 will also be able to get a special refugee visa because their pay comes from the US military.
The program employs Afghans in college and other related fields with college degrees to train regional governments and farmers to improve productivity and alleviate poverty.
Most of their visa applications did not go on for years until Mrs. Clarin deleted emails to the senators. She is very diligent and asks for letters of advice.
Clarini also used a pension fund to pay for the trip, and horticulturist Ihsanullah Patan and his family fled Afghanistan. They arrived in Minnesota in May.
“It’s a better investment than I have ever made,” said Mr. Clarin, standing next to Mr. Patan, a wife of four to 11 years old and four children.
A.D. Mr. Patan, who applied for the visa in 2016, thanked the couple for inviting the family and said, “Without them, you can’t leave.”
“Thank God we’re here now,” he said.
“The American spirit is the best and the strongest call to love our neighbors,” said Krishna Omar Viganaja, Mrs. Clarine and Mrs. Raymond, of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, who gave Mr. Patan’s apartment.
“We cannot be more grateful for the support of volunteers, advocates and donors from different walks of life,” said Omara Vigaranara.
People can help Afghans in many ways by greeting Afghans at airports and helping their families move on with their new lives.
Megan Carlton, of the Texas Immigration Service, also volunteers to set up refugee homes in the Dallas area. On Tuesday, she filled an apartment for a family from Afghanistan.
Over the years, she has created her own network of items to supply homes, filling them with essentials such as pots and pans in addition to additional items such as paintings and drawers to make them feel like home.
“None of us can control what is there, but we can control it,” she said. “We Can Create This House”
This story was reported by the Associated Press. Ms. Watson contributed to this report from San Diego. Associated Press Secretary Ben Fox contributed to this report in Washington, Todd Richmond, Madison, Wisconsin, Jim Salter in St. Louis and Oklahoma City.