How to Help When Everything Is Going Wrong | National Review

How to Help When Everything Is Going Wrong | National Review


Crowds of people show their documents to U.S. troops outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 26, 2021. (Stringer/Reuters)

I heard from my reader who’s a former defense contractor and still trying to get as many of his company’s Afghan former employees out. I had asked him if there were ways that I, or the public in general, could help.

He told me Samaritan’s Purse is a good start. “The refugee flows to the north and east will likely be substantial.  Samaritan’s Purse will end up performing a role in that regard either with an emergency field hospital or a food/water/shelter program, probably both. It costs a pile of money to set up and run field operations like that. Some responses are partially funded by USAID or United Nations, but not all of it.”

He reminded me that Samaritan’s Purse cannot respond unless invited or requested by a national government or a major institution such as the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, etc.

“Franklin Graham foretold, generally, this would happen,” my reader told me. “He believed the world was becoming a more dangerous place and that the work of SP would need to increase. His son Edward was a Ranger and commanded Special Forces in Afghanistan. Last year, I think with Edward’s urging, the decision was made to expand the Disaster Assistance Response Team. Edward wanted to double our capacity to respond to 4 international crises at once. SP purchased a second cargo plane and is having it made fit for purpose. Looks like just in time.”





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