Higginsville Farmer Continues Work To Get Afghans Out Of Harm's Way
A congressional aide in addition to being a farmer, Kyle Wilkens has been helping Afghans who worked for the United States and want to leave their country. With American troops no longer there, Wilkens hopes the State Department can find the means to get them out.
As the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan was underway, Kyle Wilkens spent nights on his porch at his home in Higginsville, Missouri.
He was receiving messages from men and women trying to reach the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
These were people who had worked for the United States during its 20-year war in Afghanistan and now feared retribution at the hands of the Taliban.
Wilkens described joining with Cleaver's Deputy District Director Manny Abarca to put together a small team to field calls and forward information to the State Department.
Now that the American withdrawal is complete and no more flights are available, Wilkens says, work is still being done to find ways out for U.S. citizens, green card holders, Afghans in the immigration pipeline and those in danger as relatives of the Afghans who helped American efforts in the country.
For many of them, Wilkens says, "their lives are still on the line."