Last Exit Kabul, Friends of Afghanistan

Last Exit Kabul, Friends of Afghanistan

From Elizabeth Rubin

We are raising money for safe houses, charter planes, and resettlement costs, and legal fees. So many are still waiting and hoping to escape. We will support them every step of the way with your incredible generosity!

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Update #3

6 days ago

Hello all of you and thank you again for all your incredible generosity. We continue to support people in safe houses in Afghanistan as they await their onward journey. We have a bit of good news. We have managed to get a lot of people out of Afghanistan to Doha and Albania which means we can help more in need—women’s rights activists, judges, prosecutors, journalists, artists, and many many others still trapped inside. As you can imagine, this is the most vulnerable time in their lives. They are fleeing persecution, with just a backpack of belongings, to destinations as far afield as Qatar, UAE, Albania, Kosovo, Greece, Ecuador. Many families will need help acquiring basic supplies, getting medical care, finding jobs, completing paperwork and navigating bureaucracy to find a permanent new home.

Your funds will help with safe houses inside Afghanistan, charter planes, and on the ground expenses required to take care of these families as they await asylum or immigration. We are now urgently raising money for charter planes—approximately $700,000 per plane. You can either donate here. Or if you want a tax exempt donation, we are partnering with Ilaha Eli Omar, one of the founders of Uplift Afghanistan. www.upliftafghanistan.org and then you can see the whole organization and go to the Afghan Refugee Resettlement Fund.

Also I want to give you an idea of some of the people you helped on their journey as they waited, week after week, having no idea if they would make it out. Prominent women’s rights activists, two of whom led an all women’s militia to resist the Taliban in the final days of Afghanistan’s collapse. Young Afghans who worked at the US embassy. Afghans who’d worked for the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. Prominent Afghan journalists with Tolo Media, Radio Television Afghanistan, Khurshid TV, Ariana TV, and their families. (See photo of the young women journalists on the plane!) A couple who had their own progressive YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/ranaandqudrat and https://youtu.be/TamQe8JimCs

Members of a heavy metal band called Rig Veda – one of whom was an Afghan diplomat. Translators who worked for the U.S. military, one of whom’s father was shot in the leg by the Taliban in August as he tried to get out via HKIA. Another was the wife of an interpreter who had been assassinated a year before because of his work for the U.S. A well-known female presenter and journalist for Ariana TV who ended up with a blood infection after the weeks of turmoil. She was treated in a hospital in Doha and is now doing well. An award-winning Persian poet and literary figure, and a founder of PEN Afghanistan, who is now safely in Albania. And so many others.

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Dear Friends and Acquaintances. A group of us with deep ties to Afghanistan have joined forces to help our Afghan friends who are trying to leave their beloved country behind. No one wants to leave home but they face serious persecution and have no choice. Right now we are supporting more and more Afghans as they flee persecution. Your donations pay for safe houses, charter flights, and resettlements costs. The need is urgent--the time to give is now. Please donate what you can. Even small amounts will help. Here is a link where you can make tax exempt, charitable donations. We are now partnering with Ilaha Eli Omar one of the founders of Uplift Afghanistan. See here: www.upliftafghanistan.org and you can learn about the fund. If you go to Afghan Refugee Resettlement Fund you will see where to donate for specific needs. Thank you all so much ❤️❤️❤️ 

See photos of Afghans who have made it to Albania and Doha with your generosity. Thank you again. 

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Elizabeth Rubin posted a new update:
6 days ago

Update #3

Hello all of you and thank you again for all your incredible generosity. We continue to support people in safe houses in Afghanistan as they await their onward journey. We have a bit of good news. We have managed to get a lot of people out of Afghanistan to Doha and Albania which means we can help more in need—women’s rights activists, judges, prosecutors, journalists, artists, and many many others still trapped inside. As you can imagine, this is the most vulnerable time in their lives. They are fleeing persecution, with just a backpack of belongings, to destinations as far afield as Qatar, UAE, Albania, Kosovo, Greece, Ecuador. Many families will need help acquiring basic supplies, getting medical care, finding jobs, completing paperwork and navigating bureaucracy to find a permanent new home.

Your funds will help with safe houses inside Afghanistan, charter planes, and on the ground expenses required to take care of these families as they await asylum or immigration. We are now urgently raising money for charter planes—approximately $700,000 per plane. You can either donate here. Or if you want a tax exempt donation, we are partnering with Ilaha Eli Omar, one of the founders of Uplift Afghanistan. www.upliftafghanistan.org and then you can see the whole organization and go to the Afghan Refugee Resettlement Fund.

Also I want to give you an idea of some of the people you helped on their journey as they waited, week after week, having no idea if they would make it out. Prominent women’s rights activists, two of whom led an all women’s militia to resist the Taliban in the final days of Afghanistan’s collapse. Young Afghans who worked at the US embassy. Afghans who’d worked for the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. Prominent Afghan journalists with Tolo Media, Radio Television Afghanistan, Khurshid TV, Ariana TV, and their families. (See photo of the young women journalists on the plane!) A couple who had their own progressive YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/ranaandqudrat and https://youtu.be/TamQe8JimCs

Members of a heavy metal band called Rig Veda – one of whom was an Afghan diplomat. Translators who worked for the U.S. military, one of whom’s father was shot in the leg by the Taliban in August as he tried to get out via HKIA. Another was the wife of an interpreter who had been assassinated a year before because of his work for the U.S. A well-known female presenter and journalist for Ariana TV who ended up with a blood infection after the weeks of turmoil. She was treated in a hospital in Doha and is now doing well. An award-winning Persian poet and literary figure, and a founder of PEN Afghanistan, who is now safely in Albania. And so many others.

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Elizabeth Rubin posted a new update:
18 days ago

Update #2

Hi All. I know it's been a while since we have updated you. I have some very good news. Several hundred have made it to temporary destinations outside Afghanistan. They have to go through a lot of paperwork and immigration bureaucracy and this can take time. But at least they are on their way. We still have many more to go and your funds are continuing to take care of people at the most devastating time in their lives. We are going to partner with Uplift Afghanistan which is a 501 c3 founded by Ilaha Eli Omar, a formidable activist and organizer for Afghans with special needs and now all Afghans in need. Last Exit Kabul will be one chapter in this larger organization. As soon as that's set up I'll let you know! Thank you again. ❤️

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Elizabeth Rubin posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

Hi everyone. We want to update you on the journey of our friends in Afghanistan. As you can imagine, the waiting and uncertainty is causing intense anxiety. With your donations however we have been able to rent safe places for families and women to stay while they wait. And wait. And wait. They are getting meals, medical care, even wheelchairs. We are partnering with Ilaha Eli Omar, an activist and mobilizer for Afghans with disabilities and special needs. She is now working around the clock to assist all Afghans in need including the hundreds you are supporting. The good news is that we have recently secured visas for everyone to another country. And negotiations to let them travel are continuing. It is so encouraging to see the outpouring of generosity from all of you all over the world. We will update you with more news in the next day or two. Thank you so much from all of us!!

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