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“I’m glad to be here, this is why I joined and I am even looking at extending - but it’s very emotional. We’re seeing kids as young as 15 days old come in that are still nursing. Being a woman and seeing other women in these conditions, trying to take care of their children, it’s tough. There is one child [by himself] who is deaf and obviously doesn’t speak English. The state department is trying to help us mitigate these issues and link them up with their parents. We’re trying to get these kids fed and taken care of and be a voice for them.” – Senior Airman Rachel Akau, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Service members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, as well as other supporting agencies are working 24/7 to support ongoing evacuation operations out of Afghanistan Aug. 19, 2021, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. As part of the operation, thousands of qualified evacuees continue to arrive here from Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, on board multiple military aircraft. The Department of Defense is committed to supporting the evacuation of American citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants and other at-risk individuals from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Noah D. Coger)
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