Although the United States completed its major evacuations of Kabul, Afghanistan, before President Biden’s deadline of Aug. 31, as many as 27 California public school pupils remain in the country.
The children, who vary in age from elementary to high school, come from 19 different households in Sacramento’s San Juan Unified School District. According to the school system, the majority of the children are accompanied by family members.
One of the largest Afghan American communities in the United States is in Sacramento. It’s uncertain how these kids will be able to return to the United States from a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
“These numbers continue to change rapidly. We believe that some of these families may be in transit out of Afghanistan, as we have not been able to reach many of them in the last few days,” The school district’s director of communications, Raj Rai, said in a statement to NPR.
“We stand ready to support these students and families in whatever way that we can,” Rai said, noting that the district has been in contact with state officials and congressional offices.
Rep. Ami Bera, a Democrat who represents the district, has one of the congressional offices. Bera’s office told NPR that it had spoken with the school district and that the matter had been “urgently highlighted” with the State Department and the Department of Defense.
In an email to NPR, Bera’s communications director, Travis Horne, said, “We are pushing the DoD and the State Department for an update.”