The U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2021, ushering in a new era of Taliban rule in the country, and jeopardizing the livelihood of thousands of Afghans. While many were able to flee the country before the evacuation, many were left behind.
For the Afghans who made it to the United States, a long journey of resettlement and integration lies ahead.
The Afghan Resettlement Report looks at the journey of evacuees fleeing Taliban rule in Afghanistan, how they are navigating the U.S. government resettlement system, and how they are being welcomed by nonprofits and local communities.
This podcast was reported and produced by the graduate broadcast journalism students of American University’s School of Communication.
Thank you to the local experts who shared their time and knowledge with the reporters of this podcast:
Mark Greenberg, Senior Fellow at Migration Policy Institute
Hannah Tyler, Research Analyst at Bipartisan Policy Center
Monika Evstatieva, Senior Producer of Investigations at NPR
Glenn Luther, Former Photography Instructor in Afghanistan
Rep. Abigail Spanberger, (D-VA) (Statements from House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on 9/13/21)
Noah Klose, Community Outreach Manager at Homes Not Borders
Billy Coleburn, Mayor of Blackstone Virginia
Lea Ruscio, Field Operations Lead for Team Rubicon
Kenneth Speicher, Parishioner at United Methodist Church
Timothy Young, Press Secretary for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Huneressa Fariad, translator from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society
Taliha Masroor and the rest of her family, owners of Bistro Aracosia
Supervising Faculty: Jill Olmsted, SOC Professor