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Afghans in San Antonio fear the worst after deadly airport bombings

SAN ANTONIO – The deadly terrorist bombings outdoors Hamid Karzai International Airport have left native Afghans fearing the worst and determined for any phrase about relations who had been there.

“One of my cousins, he’s still missing. We don’t know,” mentioned a person who didn’t wish to be recognized. “Three of my cousins were there when the explosion happened.”

The different two, he mentioned, are secure.

Also asking he not be recognized, fearing his household could be focused by the Taliban, one other man mentioned he believes his mom, spouse and kids had been there as properly however hasn’t been in a position to attain them.

“We’re calling them, you know, the internet and maybe the cellphone are not working,” he mentioned.

Both mentioned they weren’t shocked by the assault given the already unstable state of affairs in Afghanistan.

They are amongst the “dozens and dozens” of native Afghans who’ve been coming to the Center for Refugee Services since the Taliban takeover, in response to its govt director Margaret Constantino.

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“My heart is broken over this, just watching these wonderful people suffer and knowing there’s nothing we can really do,” Constantino mentioned.

She mentioned lots of the native Afghan refugees, who had been resettled in San Antonio years in the past, had been American allies throughout the warfare.

Despite what has now occurred, Constantino mentioned they’re nonetheless making an attempt to get their households out of Afghanistan.

She mentioned they proceed filling out paperwork that the middle will ahead to U.S. congressmen and senators to ship on to the state division or anybody who may also help them.

Constantino mentioned, “If we can be instrumental in at least passing the information up the chain, I’ll stay here day and night if I have to.”

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