US citizen stranded in Afghanistan tearfully describes efforts to depart, says State Dept not helping
COO of Army Week Association Jennifer Wilson and “Julie,” a U.S. citizen stranded in Afghanistan, appeared on “America’s Newsroom” Friday to cope with the remaining Americans trapped in the Taliban-controlled nation.
“I kind of run the ground-ropes in America,” mentioned Wilson, who works for Project Dynamo, a company aiding Americans trapped in Afghanistan.
“Part of that place goes by the database and vetting who’s requesting evacuation. Right now, clearly, we’re solely ready to evacuate Americans and NATO passport holders. So, my determine tips is about 500 Americans, NATO and their relations. It was in these vetting calls that I discovered Julie. I referred to as up, primarily merely to say ‘are you an American?’ She told me her story and it broke me,” Wilson said.
Roughly 100 American citizens who want to leave Afghanistan remain in the country as of the end of last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during congressional testimony Monday.
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Blinken’s testimony came two weeks after the completion of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Wilson said Julie’s story broke her due to the emotion of it, calling it “gutting.”
“It hit different. I have been doing this for four weeks. I have not felt like that yet. It was awful,” Wilson instructed host Dana Perino.
On the telephone, Julie instructed Perino that she “came to get married in Afghanistan and return to her life with her family back there.”
But then, the “Taliban came in and everything changed” in latest weeks. Julie mentioned that Wilson is “the best lifeline” for her due to the State Department mentioned it would not assist.
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“I call them so many times and email them. They just take the phone and say ‘I am sorry, we can’t do anything for you.’ That’s the answer. I said what is going on with you guys? I am a U.S. citizen,” she mentioned.
When Julie might not proceed to inform her story out of emotion, Wilson completed what the American stranded in Afghanistan wished to say.
“What she is not able to tell you. She went back to get married. She got the letter from the U.S. Embassy telling her and her family they could get into the airport and they went there and 18 members of her family were killed in the bombing,” Wilson mentioned.
Wilson mentioned that “currently only she and her daughter hold U.S. passports” and that is all that Project Dynamo can get out of Afghanistan appropriate now.
Julie has two American kids in the United States that she may be in a place to’t be with appropriate now, in accordance to Wilson.
“I had to have a conversation with her. Do you want to leave with your daughter and leave the rest of your family because I can’t get them out right now. All I can get out is you and your daughter because you hold the right passport. She will tell you just, all she has left is who is left in her family from the bombing. She can’t leave them. I could not make that decision with a member of any of my family. Being faced with that after losing 18 family members two weeks ago. I am not smart enough and I don’t have the emotional intelligence to know what she is going through,” Wilson mentioned.
Fox News’ Peter Hasson contributed to this report.
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