By Jenny Goldsberry
While Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured the nation over the weekend that the Taliban is committed to allowing safe travel outside Afghanistan, Sara Carter has the real story. She received video evidence of the Taliban violently threatening Americans attempting to leave the country. The American family in the video sent the clip directly to Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) who shared it with Carter. She shared the story with Steve Hilton from Fox News’ The Next Revolution on Sunday.
“They were trapped at Taliban checkpoint,” Carter said, describing the video. “They were trying to get through the checkpoint that this White House said people would be able to get through to get to the airport for evacuation.” Instead, “they had guns pointed at their faces, they were told that they were not allowed to pass through.”
“It’s horrific,” Carter went on. “I can’t tell you how many Americans are going to be left behind.” According to Carter, it will all be because of President Biden’s ineptitude.
Carter spoke to this reporter Monday, and the American family, which had two small children with them, has still not made it out of Kabul. Other Americans she, along with other civilians, government employees and a number of Congressional officials have been trying to get out of the country remain behind. Moreover, thousands of SIV approved and P2 visa applicants have also been abandoned and at the mercy of the Taliban.
This morning two top Afghan military commanders were hung in public from the top of a steeple, according to several U.S. government officials and military personnel that spoke to Carter. Carter received a picture of the incident but is not posting it due to the violent nature of the photo.
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“Many people are being left behind, we are abandoning our American and Afghanis who have worked for us, all this because of Joe Biden and the ineptitude of his administration,” Carter tweeted following the show.
Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) among others joined Garcia in the network of advocates fighting to get people out of the country. Carter is a part of it herself. The group has been knick named the “digital Dunkirk.” The Dunkirk reference is based on an operation during World War II, where a group of 800 vessels helped rescue 338,226 allies from the Germans.
As a result, she, along with many other civilians and government officials connected by their past experiences in Afghanistan, have been working to identify those most vulnerable to retribution from the Taliban. They are working together to not only identify those left behind, but they are also seeking options so those most vulnerable can find safe passage from the war-torn region.
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The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.
The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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