August 16, 2021
This is like Saigon on steroids.Human rights attorney Kimberley Motley, who is trying to help Afghans flee their country as the Taliban take over.
- Motley called the situation a “human rights nightmare.”
- Sec. of State Antony Blinken disagrees: “This is manifestly not Saigon.” (The Saigon reference comes from 1975, the end of the Vietnam war, when America desperately tried to evacuate staff from Vietnam “in the largest helicopter evacuation ever attempted” – read more about this historic day here).
- President Ashraf Ghani fled the country along with a core group of advisors.
- Afghans have rushed airplanes at the airport, attempting to board planes as some ready for takeoff.
- Why It Matters: A chaotic, quick end to America’s longest war.
“What is happening in Afghanistan today is going to put this country 200 years back.” Founder of the Afghan Women’s Network, Mahbooba Seraj, on the rise of the Taliban roughly a week before the country fell. As many rush to evacuate, questions remain about life in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.
by Jenna Lee,