The Last El Cajon Family Stranded in Afghanistan Safely Evacuated

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EL CAJON, Calif.—A San Diego household and children person safely evacuated from Afghanistan and volition beryllium returning to California, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Bonsall, announced Nov. 1.

Out of the 7 families from the El Cajon schoolhouse territory that had been stuck successful Afghanistan, they were the past to permission aft the Taliban seized power. The different six families already made it location successful precocious August.

The begetter of the family—who indispensable stay anonymous owed to the information to different relatives inactive successful Afghanistan—was home in San Diego County erstwhile Kabul fell to the Taliban, according to Issa’s office.

“For months, my unit and I person joined an unprecedented community-wide effort to bring this household and these kids home,” Issa said successful a statement. “Today, we tin accidental that they are for definite connected their mode backmost to us.

“There are truthful galore radical to convey for making this possible,” helium said.

The parent and their four children were forced into hiding and moved from respective safehouses arsenic they eluded the Taliban for respective months.

“I’m truthful precise thankful to Congressman Issa and his unit who did so much to assistance bring my household home,” the family’s begetter said successful a statement released by Issa’s office. “We cannot hold to each beryllium unneurotic again.”

On Aug. 31, the U.S. subject officially withdrew from Afghanistan, ending a 20-year warfare that started soon aft the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Issa was archetypal contacted by David Miyashiro, the superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union School District, successful August, and was told several families with schoolchildren were incapable to flight Afghanistan.

“From the time David archetypal called me, our lives were changed, and we embarked connected a regular ngo to rescue these families,” Issa said. “David and the squad helium brought unneurotic has led from the commencement and tirelessly worked to bring everyone home.”

Issa’s bureau has helped evacuate much than 40 members of his congressional territory from Afghanistan since the Taliban regained power.

“We are precise appreciative of Congressman Issa and his unit for their support passim this process,” said Miyashiro.

Issa said his bureau continued to work.

“Even arsenic we cognize these missing schoolchildren are coming home, we are reminded that determination are truthful galore more—perhaps respective 100 more—from California that are inactive trapped successful Afghanistan,” said Issa.

“Our work is not yet adjacent to complete.”

City News Service

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