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The hundreds of millions of dollars that the US International Development Agency (USAID) has promised to send to Afghanistan will go into the wrong hands, warn nonprofit rescue groups.
The funds, over $ 308 million in total, “are not going to go into the hands of the average Afghan, it will go into the hands of the Taliban for food supply,” Sean Kilbrane, program manager for Red Our Allies, told Fox News.
Save Our Allies has worked to rescue U.S. citizens, residents, special immigrant visa holders (SIVs) and other special populations from Afghanistan, while helping them navigate the cultural, legal, and societal challenges of being refugees.
Kilbrane said they “see daily Taliban soldiers at checkpoints … asking for food, they have no food, they are not paid.”
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A spokesman for USAID responded to Fox News: “All funds are directed to carefully researched local and international partners on site with experience in operating in complex environments such as Afghanistan.”
The spokesman added humanitarian aid “goes directly to independent organizations such as UN agencies and NGOs and will provide vulnerable Afghans with critically needed food, urgent health needs, including COVID-19, and ongoing polio vaccination campaigns, water and sanitation health care, and other urgently needed humanitarian aid. “
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Still, Kilbrane argued that “aid does not get into the hands of those who need it,” and “allocating portions to our nonprofits and organizations, here at home, working on this would make a [greater impact]. “
The 14- and 16-year-old Hazara girls we had to rescue from the streets because the Taliban had killed their father, imprisoned the mother and tried to track them down to become child brides as a reward, where the LGBTQ community we have 60. .. that we have been able to move to the safe place and they are hiding for their lives … those people will not be changed “by the help, Kilbrane stated.
Former Marine Officer Matt Nelson, a board member of Save Our Allies, said he helps with the mission, calls it his moral duty as a veteran and cites his basic belief not to walk away.
“We just need the country to back us up in the same way,” Nelson said.
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In addition to efforts to physically get people out of Afghanistan, Kilbrane said rescues do not stop there. Save Our Allies has worked to create families in the United States, from finding housing to helping teach cultural norms to fully converting refugees to American society.
He says with the current economy, his efforts have been harder to achieve. “We are fighting inflation and increases in the housing market. Yes, quite literally. We can not find affordable housing for these people.”