Among the Afghans trying to flee are those who’ve applied for or been granted a Special Immigrant VISA. James Miervaldis, chairman of No One Left Behind — which helps Afghan and Iraqi interpreters resettle in the U.S. — tells NPR the process has been frustratingly slow.
For Afghans and the families who do make it out, those who wind up in the United States will be offered help from organizations like the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, the group’s president and CEO, tells NPR how the resettlement process unfolds.
This episode also features stories from family members of Afghan refugees already living in the U.S., which which first aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, with production from Hiba Ahmad and Ed McNulty. Correspondent Eleanor Beardsley in Paris reported on Afghan refugees in France.
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