The U.S. Government is seeking private sector response to support the newly arriving Afghans in the country, specifically at-risk and vulnerable individuals from Afghanistan. (Photo – Department of Defense)
“The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are seeking to mobilize private sector response to support at-risk and vulnerable individuals from Afghanistan who have arrived in the United States,” the State Department said in a statement.
According to State Department, Airbnb has announced a commitment to make available and cover the temporary housing costs for up to 20,000 incoming Afghans and Walmart has announced a $1 million contribution to refugee and veteran groups.
Furthermore, Verizon had announced that it is waiving its fees for calls to Afghanistan and Uber has pledged transportation, food delivery, and cash donations to support non-profit organizations for a total commitment of $1 million.
The State Department also added that United is partnering with private organizations and NGOs, including Walgreens, AmeriCares, and World Central Kitchen, to ensure passengers arriving on Civil Reserve Air Fleet flights are treated with care, dignity and respect by providing personal hygiene supplies, medical workers, and comforting meals.
Provision of safe, appropriate temporary and permanent housing, Legal assistance and services to support those who will need to file paperwork to adjust their immigration status, Medical services and care, Interpretation services (in Dari and Pashto), and Large-scale donations of basic necessities (such as food and clothing) are among the critical support currently needed for the newly arriving Afghans, the State Department said.
The United States military evacuated more than 100,000 Afghans during the evacuation mission which ended with the withdrawal of the U.S. forces on 31st August.