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April 13, 2023
Nearly two dozen California students and their parents are stuck in Afghanistan after a summer trip to visit their families.
The students are enrolled in Cajon Valley Union School District near San Diego, although the trip was not related to or sanctioned by their schools. The Los Angeles Times first covered the students and their parents, reporting they traveled to the country with special visas for US military service according to Cajon Valley Superintendent David Miyashiro.
The Californians, like tens of thousands of American citizens and Afghans, are hoping to enter Kabul airport and board a flight out of the country before August 31st, as the Biden administration planned to have withdrawn US military by this date.
However, their hurdles include the Taliban and the American government, as both Americans and Afghans fleeing Afghanistan are reportedly required to pay a minimum of $2,000 per person, along with signing a promissory note that they would repay the money. Since the Taliban’s takeover, the Kabul airport has been a chaotic zone with Taliban presence outside of the building.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST