Veteran-led nonprofit rescues additional 382 at-risk Americans and Allies from Afghanistan
Donations needed to evacuate hundreds still waiting in safe houses and thousands pleading for help
LAKE WALES, Fla. – Operation Recovery worked with its partners to successfully evacuate 362 at-risk individuals from Afghanistan via a flight from Mazar-i-Sharif to Doha, Qatar, on October 3, 2021. The organization confirmed 20 additional people were provided safe passage through nonstandard movements. Those rescued include U.S. military support staff; women serving as judges, journalists, educators, students, and business professionals; and their children. Under Taliban rule, these individuals were targets for physical violence and execution, with the women also at risk of forced marriages and sex slavery.
For the past three weeks, with the support of charitable donations, the veteran-led network has provided protection, lodging, medical care, and basic needs to more than 800 people awaiting evacuation. Those considered at exceptionally high risk for Taliban retribution were moved multiple times between safe houses, often at night. At the same time, reconnaissance teams assessed their risk of capture and threat of grave treatment.
Operation Recovery reports that 800 individuals are already awaiting the next evacuation efforts. The team is completing the stages of locating each individual, assessing their assistance needs, confirming their contact information, and verifying their documentation. All individuals rescued by Operation Recovery are American Citizens, Green Card holders, and U.S. Visa holders who have the legal right to travel.
The organization is asking for continued contributions to sustain its ability to provide arrangements and air travel to the thousands of Americans and Allies who were left behind following the nation’s withdrawal. Donations can be made through the organization’s website OperationRecovery.org.
About Operation Recovery
Operation Recovery is a veteran-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing safe passage out of Afghanistan to at-risk American Citizens, Green Card holders, and U.S. Visa holders. As of September 21, 2021, the organization and its partners have safely evacuated over 800 individuals. Nearly 5,000 individuals have applied for rescue through the organization. For more information or donation links, visit OperationRecovery.org.