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ASU Coordinator Anxiously Watching Afghanistan As Family Tries To Flee Taliban

The world continues to watch in horror as the events in Afghanistan unfold with the Taliban taking over a country the United States had occupied for two decades.

The U.S. finished its withdrawal Aug. 30, transporting many Americans out of the country as well as Afghans who worked with American military and aid organizations.

These Afghans are at a particular risk — the Taliban is hunting down people who assisted with American and international forces since the 2001 invasion.

Refugee populations on the eastern border with Pakistan are already swelling.

The Pakistani Interior Minister announced Aug. 30 that no Afghans have been granted “refugee status,” though they will accommodate temporary, three-week visas to those fleeing the Taliban.

Yagana Hafed is the engagement coordinator with the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Her parents left Afghanistan following the Soviet invasion, and she still has family currently trying to flee from the Taliban takeover.

The Show spoke with her to hear how her family was doing and the last time she had spoken with any of them.

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