29 Sacramento students stuck in Afghanistan, school district says

More than two dozen students remain in the Sacramento area of ​​Afghanistan after the U.S. evacuation ended earlier this week, according to the San Juan Unified School District.

“We can confirm that we currently have 29 students from 19 families in Afghanistan,” said Raj Rai, communications director for the school district, on Tuesday on behalf of Superintendent Kent Kern. “We are ready to support these students and families in any way we can.”

Fitrat, one month old, is one of the youngest members of the Sacramento Afghan community.Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Early Tuesday the total number of students in the San Juan Unified School District who are still in Afghanistan was believed to be 32, but the district has since learned that three students have been evacuated, he said.

the Sacramento area has one of the largest populations of Afghan immigrants in the US.

The last US flight from Kabul departed a minute to midnight local time on Monday (3:29 p.m. ET) to crown a bloody and chaotic end to America’s longest war and open a new and uncertain chapter for Afghanistan.

As of July, the US has transported more than 120,000 people from Afghanistan, including around 5,500 Americans. President Joe Biden said Tuesday that there were around 100 to 200 Americans remaining in Afghanistan with “intentions to leave,” many of whom are dual citizens.

As tens of thousands of evacuees reached the U.S. military’s withdrawal, initial figures suggest that, according to Biden government figures and lawyers’ estimates, only about 8,500 of those who left the country in recent months were Afghans.

It was not clear if the Sacramento area students were US citizens.

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The Sacramento Bee reported At a briefing at a local high school last week, students and parents asked questions about how to get loved ones out of Afghanistan. Humaira Hanif, 21, wiped away tears when she asked how to get her mother to the United States, the newspaper reported.

Travis Horne, communications director for Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., Said his office is in close contact with the San Juan Unified School District and has sent information about the students stuck in Afghanistan to the Department of Defense and State.

“We are pushing the DoD and the state for an update,” he said.

NBC’s San Diego Station KNSD reported On Tuesday, a family from the San Diego area, including three students attending schools in the Cajon Valley Union School District, were also unable to leave the country. It wasn’t immediately clear how many other US school districts missed students because they couldn’t leave Afghanistan.

The US war in Afghanistan ended on Monday, almost 20 years after the invasion of America following the September 11, 2001 attacks, and overthrew the Taliban government.

After a heavy loss of life and a price tag of $ 2.3 trillion, the Taliban are back in power after sweeping the US-backed government aside in a lightning-fast offensive that surprised Afghans and the West.

The US is hoping Americans and Afghans can leave once Kabul Airport is back in service, but it remains unclear how long this will take.

Caroline Radnofsky and Sara Mahadli contributed.

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