California Students, Parents Stranded in Afghanistan

California Students, Parents Stranded in Afghanistan

( – International travel can oftentimes provide some of the most unique, real-world educational opportunities in life; that is, unless travel places people directly into active conflict zones, which would then expose individuals to dangerous and life-threatening situations. Recently, some American citizens traveled to Afghanistan over the summer and now, with the country’s rapidly deteriorating situation, it’s a race against the clock to evacuate them to safety.

To make matters worse, U.S. officials can’t account for the whereabouts of more than 20 students and 16 parents who traveled to Afghanistan from California. The August 31 evacuation deadline is quickly approaching. These U.S. citizens were on their way out of the country when the Taliban took control of Kabul, leaving them very limited avenues of escape.

Although President Joe Biden claims the evacuations are moving along as planned, it’s unclear whether the students and parents from the Cajon Valley Union School District are among the evacuees.

The Americans visited Afghanistan with special visas reportedly to meet their extended families. They intended to return to the west coast before the beginning of the school year, but they haven’t been able to. That’s when their families started calling the district, and the head of the area’s Family and Children Engagement program, Mike Serban, knew they needed help to get home.

The federal government stated they’re trying to locate the trapped U.S. citizens to assist them out of the danger zone, but there’s no word yet on their situation. With the current chaos due to the administration’s hasty withdrawal from the war zone, there’s no telling when or if they’ll find them in time.

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