Dozens of California students, parents stuck in Afghanistan


At least 24 students from Southern California are stuck in Afghanistan, officials said this week.

Students and some parents are stuck in a Central Asian country after going to a Central Asian country for a summer trip, a spokesman for the Cajon Valley Union School District said electronically to the Epoch Times. I confirmed it by email.

The group visited relatives in Afghanistan when they realized they were stuck after the Taliban hijacked the country in mid-August. Parents began asking school district staff to secure their children’s whereabouts at school and urged the school district to begin making a list of all students known to be in the country.

A spokesman refused to share the number of parents with stuck students, but said there were at least 24 Republicans working to bring them home.

“I’m working hard to determine the best way to help trapped people get home safely. I won’t stop until I get an answer and action,” Issa wrote on Twitter. ..

Issa’s office was “incredibly supportive in trying to bring these families home,” said a district spokesman.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 parents are also stuck in Afghanistan.

Cay John Valley Board of Education Chairman Tamara Otero Said A paper saying that the family had a ticket to leave the country but could not go to the US-owned airport in Kabul.

“The biggest concern is that the Taliban closed the airport,” Otello said. “Now we are killing us. We are very worried about the students stuck there. We will do our best to get rid of them.”

When the United States withdrew many troops earlier this month, the airport is the only ground controlled by the U.S. military after the Taliban’s terrorist group rapidly hijacked the country.

Many Americans report being blocked from reaching the airport gates, which often require navigating the Taliban checkpoints and large crowds.

Thousands of Afghans are leaving the country before the United States completely withdraws. Withdrawal is expected to culminate as of August 31st.

Zachary Stieber

Zachary Stieber covers US news, including politics and proceedings. He started in The Epoch Times as a metro reporter for New York City.