Afghanistan Refugees

Friendly handshake by The U.S. Army is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Friendly handshake” by The U.S. Army is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Nina Nicoletti, Writer

As of August 31st 2021 the U.S. involvement in evacuation proceedings in Afghanistan has ended, so what is going to happen now? On August 16th President Joe Biden withdrew troops from Afghanistan stating to the Afghan people that, There is a home for you in the United States if you so choose, and we will stand with you just as you stood with us.” 

The U.S. evacuated over 65,000 Afghany people during the month-long effort. About 1150 of which are being housed here in Virginia. According to the DCist “ Thousands of Afghans fleeing the Taliban are camped out at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia,” Temporary housing for refugees was also set up on the Marine corps base in Quantico, Virginia.  

Other states such as California and Texas are attempting to house over 4,000-5,500 refugees. This makes finding space in already overcrowded areas very difficult. 

The biggest issue for incoming refugees right now is the cost of housing. The average price of a one bedroom apartment in Northern Virginia is roughly $1500 a month. This is a major problem for refugees who fled Afghanistan without a penny to their name. Without proper housing many refugees will be forced to stay in temporary camps or worse.

There are multiple ways that we can support the incoming Afghan refugees such as donating to charities such as Save The Children and Home Not Borders. Other options include the Lutheran Social Service National Capital Area organization which has been looking for volunteers to help displaced Afghan people, as well as the Mustafa Center in Annandale, Virginia. Many Virginians are doing their part by collaborating with local organizations to make good on the President’s promise to find a home for the refugees in the United States.  In this way, many Virginians are helping the Afghan refugees in hopes of creating a better future for them and their families! 

 

Resources used for this article:

https://dcist.com/story/21/09/13/afghan-refugees-dc-high-housing-costs/

“But our message to those women and men is clear: There is a home for you in the United States if you so choose, and we will stand with you just as you stood with us.”-https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/07/08/remarks-by-president-biden-on-the-drawdown-of-u-s-forces-in-afghanistan/