By The Intercept
A network of safe houses across Afghanistan is set to close them within weeks, as the Christian charity running it since the fall of Kabul has run out of funding.
The Afghan Liberty Project, which pulled together safe housing for hundreds of Afghans at risk of retaliation by the Taliban for working with the U.S.-backed government, has informed its residents of the deadline, according to an Afghan man who, along with his family, now faces an uncertain future. A former soldier in the Afghan army whose job was to defuse explosive devices, he asked to go by “Abdul” for his family’s protection. The shuttering was confirmed by the organization’s founding director, Ryan Mauro.
“Fundraising dried up,” said Mauro in a direct message. “There was a lot of interest in the beginning, but then it declined and ended altogether as Afghanistan left the headlines. We gave a minimum of 3 months advance notice (usually more) of our financial situation to all the Afghans we helped so they could have time to prepare.”
The Afghan Liberty Project was primarily organized to assist Christian Afghans, of whom there were more than 10,000 a year ago, and Jewish Afghans, of whom there were very few, though it has also worked to help Muslims who are at risk because of their work with NGOs or the NATO-backed government. Abdul, a Muslim father of four children, ages 3 through 9, said that his family was accepted into the safe houses with no religious test. To maintain the safe houses, he said, they need about $8,000 a month.
The news comes amid reports that up to 90 percent of Afghans applying for entry into the United States on humanitarian grounds are being rejected by American authorities.
That lack of concern from the U.S. government, the media, and the American people reflects a deep-seated prejudice against Afghans, even those who served alongside American troops or civilians.
“There’s definitely a sentiment out there that Afghanistan is so backwards and ‘lost’ that it isn’t worth trying anymore,” said Mauro. “One of the first questions I sometimes get is ‘You aren’t…
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