WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – About three dozen unaccompanied Afghan kids have been positioned in U.S. authorities custody after being evacuated from Afghanistan in the course of the hurried U.S. withdrawal in latest weeks, U.S. officers informed Reuters.
The kids arrived on the Kabul airport with out a father or mother or authorized guardian and had been referred to the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers (HHS) refugee workplace upon arriving in the USA, based on a U.S. official who requested anonymity to debate inner authorities operations.
Of 34 Afghan kids taken into U.S. authorities custody as of Thursday, 24 stay after some had been rapidly positioned with shut relations. The kids in custody are housed in U.S.-government shelters skilled with caring for Afghan kids, stated the official, who wouldn’t disclose the situation for security causes.
The unaccompanied kids are a part of a rising variety of refugees airlifted out Afghanistan in what President Joe Biden’s administration says is without doubt one of the largest airlifts in historical past. Since Aug. 14, the USA has airlifted about 105,000 folks in a foreign country, a determine that features U.S. residents, Afghans and international nationals.
The unaccompanied kids being positioned in U.S. authorities custody shouldn’t have dad and mom in the USA and, in some circumstances, the dad and mom are deceased, the official stated.
“If their dad and mom aren’t right here now however shall be, we’d like a spot for them to go within the interim after which they are going to be united when their dad and mom get right here,” the official stated.
The kids make up a fraction of the practically 15,000 unaccompanied kids within the care of the HHS refugee workplace, most of whom come from Central America and arrive on the U.S.-Mexico border.
An HHS spokesperson stated in a press release that it was working to make sure the kids could be “positioned with licensed care suppliers which are capable of present culturally and linguistically applicable providers.”
HHS is working to recruit extra Afghan foster households to its community within the occasion a few of the kids can’t be positioned with relations in the USA, the official stated.
A lot of the unaccompanied Afghan kids are older teenagers, the official stated.
Of the ten kids not presently in HHS custody, 4 had been positioned with shut relations with whom they arrived, the individual stated. The opposite six had been en route from the custody of U.S. border authorities to placements in an HHS-run shelter.
Reporting by Ted Hesson in Washington; Enhancing by Ross Colvin and Dan Grebler
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