It’s been going on for over a week now. Things seem to be getting worse.
So what can be done?
There’s lots of stuff you can find online for ways to help. Here’s an NPR story on just that.
As you know, I enjoy listening to conservative radio here and there, throughout the day.
For the past week, Glenn Beck has been promoting the Nazarene Fund, something I’d never heard of.
Amazingly, over the past week, he’s managed to raise $20 million for that fund just by talking-it-up on his radio show. That’s so far allowed 5,000 people to escape the hell that Afghanistan is quickly becoming.
Here’s a little bit from the above link:
“The Taliban are going door-to-door taking women and children. The people must mark their house with an “X” if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them. If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family. If a married woman 25 years or older has been found, the Taliban promptly kill her husband, do whatever they want to her, and then sell her as a sex slave.
Husbands and fathers have given their wives and daughters guns and told them that when the Taliban come, they can choose to kill them or kill themselves—it is their choice.”
I feel incredibly bad for our soldiers on the ground, people that want to shoot and kill some of these Taliban bastards...but they have orders not to.
Instead, all they can do is hoist babies over barbed-wire. Meanwhile, other countries are sending their soldiers out past the airport to get their citizens.
I decided to give $50 to that Nazarene Fund to help the people of Afghanistan. It’s not much, but maybe it’ll help out a little.
Here in Missoula, it’s been announced that “a handful of refugees” from Afghanistan will be coming here to live, with the help of the Soft Landing Missoula organization, which typically works closely with the International Rescue Committee.
I think this is a great gesture, but I worry about our 0.38% rental vacancy rate, as well as our current homeless situation.
Right now, we have veterans of our previous wars living on our streets, some in dire need of healthcare. Just this week, 1,300 new students are moving into the dorms, and thousands more are flocking back to town, trying to find a place to live.
How are these new Afghan refugees going to fit into all that?
I dunno. Even asking such a question will get you bad looks, even worse.
Months or years from now, we’ll hear the true stories of what’s happening on the ground in Afghanistan right now, the atrocities. We’re getting an inkling of it now, but I think we’re missing a lot.
It’s a terrible, terrible situation.