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Two Years Post Afghanistan Withdrawal: Reflections and Actions

As we mark the two-year anniversary of Afghanistan's collapse following the withdrawal of US support, it's a time of deep reflection for many of us, especially those directly impacted by these events.


The capture of Kabul by the Taliban two years ago today triggered not only the largest humanitarian airlift in history but also one of the worst humanitarian crises the world has witnessed. For many, including myself and perhaps you, the subscribers of this newsletter, it was a moment that irrevocably changed the course of our lives.


In the immediate chaos, like many veterans and members of Afghanistan NGOs, I sprang into action. The urgency of the situation left little room for processing the events as they unfolded. For those who are still seeking to understand what happened, or wish to hear firsthand accounts from those who were there, I encourage you to join us at Georgetown tonight. For those outside the Washington DC area, we're hosting a free livestream on YouTube and Twitter starting at 6:30 PM EST.


As a soldier, my deployment to Afghanistan was straightforward compared to the moral complexities we face today. We're running a relentless relay, trying to mitigate a failure of governmental magnitude, a testament to the resilience and unwavering spirit of special forces and Green Berets alike.


But my experience, one of an American born into freedom, pales in comparison to what my Afghan brothers and sisters have endured. For two years, we've shouldered a burden akin to that of an entire government, a legacy of two decades of war weighing heavily on us. Yet, in lifting these heavy burdens repeatedly, we've grown stronger.


Some of the strongest individuals I've ever known, those who have worked tirelessly in veteran NGOs, contributed to Afghan donation efforts, and led Afghanistan NGOs, will be present tonight at Georgetown. Their strength and dedication will be unmistakable. You will hear incredible stories of American veterans going to great lengths to protect Afghans who risked everything for us. You will learn about the volunteers' relentless efforts to ensure a bright future for those they care for, many of whom are future Americans. And you will hear from Afghan leaders committed to the recovery and betterment of Afghanistan.


This event promises to be more than just a gathering; it's a showcase of hope, strength, and relentless commitment. If you can, please join us, either in person or virtually.


Tom

Thomas Kasza

Executive Director


P.S. Speaking of hope, I'd like to introduce you to baby Majabin, the daughter of Layaqat, our most recent arrival to the U.S. through the NMRG program!



Little baby

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