Photography by Seamus Murphy/ VIIPhoto
As many of you have seen in the updates posted below, your donations to the Afghan Airlift campaign helped get over 1300 individuals out of Kabul by air and several hundred additional at-risk people into the airport for evacuation. Since the closure of Kabul Airport, the team has focused on groups we were unable to extract and is partnering with others to get at least one more full flight out. We are also looking at overland options.
International negotiations are underway for both Mazar and Kabul airports to resume international charter flights, and we are positioned to move one more A340 should conditions permit.
We are thrilled that any funds that do not go to airlifting Afghans will go to the International Rescue Committee. IRC has been in Afghanistan since 1988 and will keep operating. They are already providing services to Afghans making the journey out of their country and at four military bases processing Afghan evacuees inside the U.S. Donations that go the IRC from our site are being matched by a generous IRC patron up to $5 million!
Getting out of Afghanistan is just the first step in a long and difficult road to a secure life for these evacuees and their families. Please share this link and continue to help if you can!
-- The Airlift Team
Original Fundraiser Text:
Our network of veteran Afghanistan experts are working on the ground to facilitate immediate and exfiltration of high-risk Afghan nationals, with a priority for those in immediate danger including activists, artists, translators and journalists.
We have access to an A340 aircraft in Kabul ready to extract individuals as early as this weekend as airport conditions permit. The cost to charter the aircraft is $1.7M and it can fit up to 345 people. We're asking for donations to help cover the cost.
All donations are going to Bancroft Global Development, a US nonprofit with decades of experience in conflict zones, which will charter the plane. 100% of the proceeds will go to the extraction and relief effort. The group has access to additional aircraft and will continue to coordinate flights as long as the need remains and conditions permit. If we have funds remaining after the evacuation period, they will go to aid organizations helping Afghans as they await processing or resettlement in a new country.
We will be providing updates on the effort on this page, as well.
Thank you to everyone for your support.
International Rescue Committee
Bancroft Global Development