News: A new life for Afghans who worked with NATO, 31 August 2022

A family of 8 Afghan citizens who worked for NATO has just left North Macedonia, where they were temporarily staying, to resettle in the United States. North Macedonia, together with the local Red Cross, provided housing, education and health care for the family, including support during the holy month of Ramadan.

Thanks to the joint efforts of Allies, around 2,000 Afghans who worked with NATO during the Alliance’s 20-year engagement in the country, along with their families, were evacuated from Kabul in August 2021, as part of of the largest evacuation mission in NATO history. NATO worked around the clock to coordinate the evacuations, and former NATO Senior Civilian Representative Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo and his team played a key role in this effort. Over the course of two weeks, more than 120,000 people were airlifted, on hundreds of Allied flights. Troops from the United States, United Kingdom, Turkey and Norway played a key role in securing Kabul airport and operating a field hospital, while around 800 personnel of NATO ensured key operations such as refueling and communications.

Over the past year, Allies and NATO partners have continued to work together to help evacuated Afghans start a new life. More than 470 former Afghan employees and their families have resettled in Canada, 150 in the United Kingdom, more than 130 in Germany, 80 in Norway, 31 in Latvia and several hundred more in other allied and partner countries.

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