New York Times Says Afghan Employees and Families Have Been Evacuated

New York Times Says Afghan Employees and Families Have Been Evacuated

08/19/2021

News comes a day after Washington Post said its Afghan employees were safe


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The New York Times announced Monday night that all of its employees in Afghanistan and their families have been safely evacuated from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

The Times was one of three major papers — alongside the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal — that on Monday jointly called for president Joe Biden’s help in evacuating their employees from the country as the Taliban cemented their control.

The Washington Post announced Tuesday afternoon that its employees made it out of Afghanistan safely. It’s not known if this or the evacuation of the Times’ personnel involved help from the Biden administration.

Read the paper’s full statement below:

We are relieved and overjoyed to be able to tell you tonight that our brave colleagues in Afghanistan made it to safety.

It took a whole lot of people to make this happen. We had unwavering commitment from the highest levels of this organization. But we really want to express our deepest appreciation and respect for those who were on the ground, and who kept their heads during some very scary moments. They never gave up hope.

There is more work to do. We must help all of these families make the transition to new lives abroad. We must continue to work to help others who need to find their way to safety. And we must also remain strong in our commitment to find ways to cover an Afghanistan that is under Taliban rule.

But for now, even if just for a beat or two, we can all breathe a bit easier, knowing that 65 families — 128 men, women and children — are headed to freedom.

More to come…

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