Help Afghan Family Relocate

Help Afghan Family Relocate

From Joel Bassette

Friends, we have a unique opportunity to impact the lives of a young Afghan family. An Afghan Army engineer officer named Sawyer A. (pseudonym) is relocating from Kabul, Afghanistan to the United States with his family.

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Sawyer and his family face extreme risk to safety since the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.

Sawyer, his wife, and his five children have been screened and referred into the U.S. refugee program. Before they can be issued U.S. visas, they face an arduous journey to safety, several months of housing expenses in a country outside the United States, flight costs, and destination living expenses as they will travel with nothing except paperwork and the clothes on their backs.

Sawyer graduated from Kabul Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Civil Engineering. When he commissioned into the Afghan National Army, he applied to and was accepted into the highly-competitive Defense Language Institute english program at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Upon graduation from this program in 2012, he attended the Basic Officer Course of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. When he graduated with his course diploma in 2013, he returned to Afghanistan where he held numerous impactful positions within the Ministry of Defense, most recently serving as the program manager for the Construction Project Management Division (CPMD). Under his leadership, the CPMD formed a direct, shared-office working partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to streamline, organize, and fund all national engineering projects across the country of Afghanistan.

At constant risk of retribution and physical safety, Sawyer has dedicated his entire adult life to the responsible furthering of U.S. interests abroad. Although political and economic ties have been severed with this nation, the human impacts remain. We as Americans owe a debt of gratitude to this family for the contributions they provided to U.S. interests abroad, however short-lived they may be.

We are hoping that individuals, businesses, churches, non-profits, and other people in the United States might play a part in helping a refugee rebuild his life after the collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government. Any amount will help and is greatly appreciated! Any excess funds will go towards other needy Afghan refugees.

Sawyer’s full name and identity have been redacted to protect him and his family who remain in the region of Afghanistan and surrounding countries.

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