Tag: Evacuations and Evacuees

At Least One Dead as Volcano Erupts in Indonesia, Spewing Ash Cloud

Searing ash towered in the sky over the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday after the Semeru volcano erupted, killing at least one person and injuring dozens. Indah Amperawati Masdar, the deputy head of East Java’s Lumajang District, near Mount Semeru, said in a news conference that at least 41 people had suffered burns from […]

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At Least One Dead as Indonesia’s Mount Semeru Erupts

Searing ash towered in the sky over the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday after the Semeru volcano erupted, killing at least one person and injuring dozens. Indah Amperawati Masdar, the deputy head of East Java’s Lumajang District, near Mount Semeru, said in a news conference that at least 41 people had suffered burns from […]

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Inside the U.S. Military Base Where 11,000 Afghans Are Starting Over

JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Sana Khairi, an 18-year-old Afghan with wide brown eyes, knew precisely how long she had been living in a temporary encampment on a New Jersey military base: 47 days. After fleeing Afghanistan as the Taliban seized power, she and her mother and four siblings were routed through Germany before arriving […]

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With No Resources, Authority or Country, Afghan Ambassador Presses On

It was a sentiment with particular piquancy given the failure of Afghan forces to stave off the collapse of their country in the end, and given the thousands of Afghans who have struggled mightily to get their promises of passage to the United States fulfilled after helping coalition forces over the years. Gone were the […]

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‘Afghan Girl’ From 1985 National Geographic Cover Takes Refuge in Italy

Sharbat Gula, who became an international symbol of Afghan refugees after her portrait was published on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985, was evacuated to Rome after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, the Italian government said Thursday. Ever since the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan in August, nonprofit organizations had appealed for help […]

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Evacuations in British Columbia Continue After Flooding and Mudslides

Evacuation orders were expanded on Tuesday for one of the largest cities in British Columbia, where officials have rescued hundreds of people stranded on highways by mudslides and flooding set off by torrential rains. In Abbotsford, a city of about 162,000 people near the border between Canada and the United States, heavy rainfall set off […]

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Evacuations Continue After Mudslides in British Columbia

Evacuation orders were expanded on Tuesday for one of the largest cities in British Columbia, where officials have rescued hundreds of people stranded on highways by mudslides and flooding set off by torrential rains. In Abbotsford, a city of about 162,000 people near the border between Canada and the United States, heavy rainfall set off […]

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Afghan College Students Find a New Life, and Safety, in Iraq

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq — As the Taliban closed in on the Afghan capital, Kabul, in August, what had been a privileged education at the American University of Afghanistan suddenly became a dangerous liability. Students and staff frantically searched for an escape route from a country that, with the withdrawal of American forces, would fall to the […]

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Qatar to Represent U.S. Interests in Afghanistan, Blinken Says

WASHINGTON — The tiny Middle Eastern nation of Qatar will serve as a diplomatic proxy for the United States in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said on Friday, representing American interests and helping to process visas for thousands of people who are looking to flee Taliban control. Qatar for years has been a […]

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Young Marines in Kabul Were Left to Run Final Days of Evacuation

Second-generation Cuban American on his dad’s side and second-generation Mexican American on his mom’s side, Captain Rodriguez followed his father, who had been a Navy reservist, into the military. He got his B.S. in human resources management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and then ended up at Marine Corps basic school in Quantico at […]

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State Department Eases Restrictions for Diplomats Abroad

WASHINGTON — It was known at the State Department as the Benghazi hangover: strict security protocols to protect U.S. officials abroad from terrorism that, in practice, limited their interactions with people in the countries where they served. Nine years after a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed during a riot in Benghazi, Libya, […]

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U.S. Struggles With Afghan Evacuees Weeded Out, and Now in Limbo

But the United States took them to military bases in Persian Gulf countries and Europe for scrutiny. At these transit zones, known as “lily pads,” teams drawn from Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Counterterrorism Center and intelligence agencies interviewed the Afghans and took their biometric and biographical information. Hundreds […]

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How 3 Strangers a World Away Came to the Rescue of a Badly Burned Afghan Girl

Asma told her family she wanted to be a doctor. They asked her what kind. A children’s doctor? Not just any doctor, Asma told them, pointing an index finger in the air, as she often did to make a point. “I want to be the head doctor.” The death of Asma’s father meant that the […]

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Lawmakers Press to Rescue Afghan Relatives of U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON — More than a month after a frenzied U.S. effort to evacuate thousands facing retribution from the Taliban in Afghanistan, members of Congress are still quietly pushing the government to help extract a small group of stranded Afghans who are direct relatives of American military service members. The service members, some of whom have […]

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Vietnamese Americans Mobilize to Welcome Afghan Refugees

In the middle of the night, Uyen Nguyen trudged through a grassy marshland with her mother and three siblings until they reached the edge of the ocean, where a small, dilapidated fishing boat was beached on the sand. It set off with 31 people packed on it. It was 1985, a decade after Saigon had […]

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Afghan Evacuees Stranded on U.S. Military Bases

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — In late August, evacuees from Afghanistan began arriving by the busload to the Fort McCoy Army base in the Midwest, carrying little more than cellphones and harrowing tales of their narrow escapes from a country they may never see again. They were greeted by soldiers, assigned rooms in white barracks and […]

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How to Prepare for (and Survive) a Flash Flood

During his 32-year career, Mr. Burttschell has found that people who stay with their cars survive at much higher rates than those who abandon them, simply because it’s easier for emergency services to spot a vehicle than a person. “I really don’t ever recommend leaving the vehicle,” he said. To make yourself more noticeable, you […]

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Gen. Milley Says He Warned Biden Against Afghanistan Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — Pentagon leaders publicly acknowledged on Tuesday that they advised President Biden not to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan ahead of a chaotic evacuation in which 13 U.S. service members died in a suicide bombing and 10 Afghan civilians were killed in an American drone strike. During an expansive Senate hearing on the war […]

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