The United States and other countries helped evacuate some 120,000 Afghans from their country after the Taliban seized power last August. In the months that followed, tens of thousands of former Afghan commandos, translators, journalists and aid workers, along with their families, made the journey abroad.
The vast majority of them entered the United States under a decade-old special immigrant visa program open to military interpreters and others who worked on government-funded contracts. A separate refugee admissions program appears to have granted admission to only a tiny percentage of those who applied.
In Afghanistan, the situation remains desperate. Dozens of Afghans are still trying to resettle in a safer home. A Gallup survey this month said around 94% of Afghans rate their lives as bad enough to be considered ‘suffering’, with three-quarters of respondents saying they cannot afford food for their family.
Many Afghans who made it through the chaotic immigration process now face the challenge of starting over in a new, unfamiliar country. VOA reporters followed several families now trying to start over in a new place, navigating strange customs and confusing bureaucracies, all while worrying about loved ones left behind in Afghanistan.