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Chaos outside Kabul airport as U.S. seeks to evacuate thousands

August 23, 2021


Protests against the Taliban turned deadly as the insurgents-turned-rulers of Afghanistan shot into crowds in two cities. In Kabul, the airlift of American, allied and Afghan civilians continues as more American troops land at the airport and desperate crowds remain outside. Jane Ferguson reports from Kabul — with the support of the Pulitzer Center — about the fear and hopelessness in Afghanistan.

Five Facts

  • Who is able to board planes at the Kabul airport, and who is not?
  • What are some of the fears expressed by Afghan citizens in this piece?
  • When are U.S. authorities hoping to have U.S. citizens evacuated from Afghanistan?
  • Why are many Afghans hoping to leave the country?
  • How has the U.S. tried to negotiate with the Taliban over evacuating U.S. citizens and Afghan visa holders?

Focus Questions

What do you think should be the focus of U.S. government efforts in Afghanistan, now that the Taliban has once again taken control?

Media literacy: Why do you think the full face of the Afghan woman interviewed in this piece is not shown?

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