For some Afghans who were evacuated after their country fell to the Taliban last summer, the trip to the United States has stalled and appears to have ended in a set of sun-burnt tents and temporary shelters at a U.S. base in Kosovo.
While more than 78,000 Afghans have arrived in the US since August last year, the future for those in the process of additional security clearance and being sent to the Bondsteel camp in Kosovo remains in doubt.
Their frustration is growing, according to the Associated Press, which provided photos of some Afghans holding placards with messages such as “we want justice.”
US authorities and the Kosovo government have been reluctant to say more about the people sent to Bondsteel.
The base accommodates adults and children. Muhammad Arif Sarwari, a former senior intelligence official in the Afghan government, said there are about 45 people, representing about 20 individual visa cases. A group of 27 refugees flew to the United States on Wednesday.
The administration of President Joe Biden will not provide details, but acknowledges that some of the evacuees failed to go through what he calls “a rigorous, multi-layered review and verification process” and will not be allowed to enter the United States. .
A total of about 600 Afghans have passed through Bondsteel, according to the Kosovo government, which initially authorized the evacuees to stay for a year, but recently agreed to extend it until August 2023.