Reports suggest that at least 30 California children are still trapped in Afghanistan being unable to reach the airport in time for evacuation.
According to San Juan Union School District, they have already identified as many as 27 students who have found themselves trapped in Afghanistan after visiting their relatives in the country earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento City Unified School District confirmed that the family of three kids who are visiting Ethel I. Baker Elementary contacted the officials and pleaded for help.
This brings the total number of Californian children stranded in Afghanistan to at least thirty. The government has since also confirmed that some of the stranded kids are US citizens.
As it has been reported, the majority of the stranded kids flew to Afghanistan in the spring to visit their families and distant relatives. Following the swift Taliban takeover of Kabul and other strategic areas in the country, however, they have found themselves trapped in the country with no means of escape.
In many cases, the children allegedly attempted to reach the airport with their families in time for evacuation but could not get past strict Taliban checkpoints.
“These numbers continue to change rapidly. We believe that some of these families may be in transit out of Afghanistan, as we have not been able to reach many of them in the last few days,” Raj Rai of the San Juan Unified School District told Associated Press.
“San Juan Unified stands with our Afghan community and all those whose loved ones are currently in Afghanistan,” she added as she revealed that the school district was working with government officials to help evacuate stranded families.
“We sincerely hope for their speedy and safe return back to the US and back to our school communities.”
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