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From left, Silas Colarusso, 8, Sophie Colarusso, 13, and Amelia Colarusso, 10, hold the bookmarks, drawings and earrings they put up for sale at their booth on Park Avenue, where they raise money for Afghan refugees living on a military base in New Jersey. (Company Photo – Aaron Cerbone)

SARANAC LAKE – From a small roadside stand on Park Avenue, Silas, Sophie, and Amelia Colarusso make a big difference.

The siblings – 8, 13 and 10, respectively – are selling handicrafts from their front yard to raise money to help refugees from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan who live on a military base in New Jersey.

Her mother Kristi said she and her husband explained to their children the news about Afghanistan, the withdrawal of the US military and the takeover of the Taliban.

“We heard what happened and just wanted to help somehow.” said Amelie.

They carried a fake kitchen stand from their basement, a relic from their preschool days, and sold bookmarks, jewelry, and paintings at 425 Park Avenue. They weren’t expecting to raise a lot of money.

“Literally I said, ‘Oh man, I think we’re only going to get cents'” said Silas.

They raised $ 230 in the first three days and this money has already been sent to a church that supports the Afghan evacuees.

“The people of Saranac Lake are really generous” said Sophie.

Your customers are walkers from the neighborhood, friends of the family who stop by to see what they have set up, and drivers who step on the brakes as they drive past.

They have brightly colored origami bookmarks that fit snugly over the corners of a page. Animals are drawn on some. They have bracelets, earrings, and key chains, all made from Lego bricks and beads. Sophi has a painting of a fluffy Shiba Inu dog.

Sophie said her parents have friends in New Jersey who go to a church with a direct link to volunteers on the U.S. military’s McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base, where about 8,500 evacuees are currently living in tented camps.

Kristi said it was overwhelming and crippling to see people flee for their lives and end up in a safe country with just what they can carry.

“We want to show our neighbors God’s love” She said.

The Colarusso children were doing handicrafts before they started selling them, but they quickly ran out of supplies and made more. They started with fixed prices for their goods but then moved on to only accepting donations because people were giving so much more money, the prices were pointless.

Last week, US Senators announced that the base will host around 4,500 refugees, with the potential to host up to 13,000. They need supplies for all of the new residents – food, clothing, and essentials.

The US is screening all refugees and preparing to find them permanent homes in America.

Last month, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York was ready to accept refugees from Afghanistan.

Kristi said they have been stationed outside the booth in the evenings since they resumed school in Saranac Lake last week, but they plan to keep raising money and sending donations as the needs of Afghan refugees are not going away anytime soon.

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Yalies criticize US position, increase cash in response to the Afghan disaster

Zoe Berg, picture editor

As the crisis unfolds in Afghanistan, yalies associated with the country and region shared their views on the situation on the news, with reactions ranging from anger about US leadership to regret over the withdrawal. Some students have also organized a fundraiser for risk groups in the country.

The United States invaded Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks with the public goal of defeating al-Qaeda and disempowering the Taliban government. In 2020, President Donald Trump signed an agreement with the Taliban in which he pledged to withdraw all US forces from the country by May 2021.

“While reasonable people disagree, I believe the American withdrawal was misguided,” Ted Wittenstein, executive director of the International Security Studies Program, said in an email to the News.

The US stopped fighting in Afghanistan in 2014, and the number of American casualties has fallen dramatically since then. The August 26 bombing of Kabul Airport, killing 13 American soldiers, was the deadliest day in the war since 2011, when no Americans were killed in the previous 18 months. According to a study by Brown University’s Watson Institute of International & Public Affairs from April 2021, 169 Afghan civilians died that day, with more than 71,000 civilian casualties during the war.

Wittenstein also praised the success of the anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan, describing it as “inexpensive”, but also pointing out the immense casualties of the Afghan security forces. However, he argued that the Biden government had made the wrong choice between withdrawing or escalating, noting that the government should have taken the “path of least resistance: staying on course.”

Rory Stewart, a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, agreed, saying there was “no evidence at all” to support the government’s argument that the US should either send more troops or withdraw altogether.

Stewart also blamed the Taliban takeover on the Biden and Trump administrations for signing and implementing an agreement that essentially turned Afghanistan over to the Taliban. Stewart argued that prior to the US signing the deal, the Taliban would have no chance of taking over the country the way they did because the US received treaties and air support.

“That situation changed instantly, and there is only one thing that has changed it: not that after seven years the Taliban have mysteriously got a new boost of energy,” said Stewart. “The only thing that has changed is that the US removed 18,000 contractors, crippling the entire Afghan Air Force and then withdrawing its own operators.”

Wittenstein also criticized the evacuation itself, describing it as hasty and poorly designed.

Wittenstein said that in particular the departure from Bagram Air Force Base, which took place in the middle of the night without notifying the Afghan commander, heightened the feeling of abandonment and “created a cascading effect.”

Zahra Yarali ’24, the political action chairman of the Muslim Students Association, opposed US military intervention in the first place, claiming that the humanitarian reasons for operations like those in Afghanistan are often used as a cover for more selfish reasons, from global hegemony in the country Resource competition.

“One would hope that we have learned the lessons from history and [have] accepts that when western powers go to the Middle East with somewhat selfish intentions, one really cannot hope that these people get a quality of life, ”Yarali told the News.

Yarali and Stewart agreed that the Afghan people must continue to be supported.

Stewart said the U.S. government must immediately ensure that people involved in humanitarian work do not get caught up in sanctions and should maintain very generous USAID funding for education and health facilities in the country.

Yarali and the MSA have focused on helping groups at risk. Most recently, the MSA successfully organized an online fundraiser for three Afghan charities.

The campaign raised around US $ 2,400, which went to three organizations that help Afghan people in need: Mothers of Afghanistan, which supports widowed mothers in the country, and the Child Foundation, which helps children living in poverty in schools stay, and Enable Children who support orphans or orphans abandoned children with disabilities.

According to Yarali, these charities are attractive because they are modeled on a relief fund in which the donated money is passed on directly to those in need via PayPal.

As thousands of Afghan refugees prepare to arrive in the US, Yarali urged private individuals to take responsibility for their integration in order to avoid as much bureaucracy as possible.

Wittenstein agreed that “America has an obligation to the Afghans who have supported American efforts over the past 20 years. At great personal risk, hundreds of thousands of Afghans were encouraged to get involved and help build civil society. Every effort must be made to identify, rescue and ultimately relocate these brave refugees. “

Given the 20-year conflict, Wittenstein was pessimistic about the future of US national security as a direct result of the withdrawal.

“The direct involvement of the US in the war may be over, but the war itself is far from over,” wrote Wittenstein. “Indeed, the conflict is entering a dangerous new phase of Taliban reprisals and civil war. These are exactly the conditions that made it possible for al-Qaida to establish a safe haven before September 11th. “

The last US troops left Afghanistan on August 30, 2021.


PHILIP MOUSAVIZADEH






Philip Mousavizadeh is in charge of the Jackson Institute. He is a freshman at Trumbull College studying ethics, politics, and economics

Grand Rapids yoga studio elevating cash for Afghan translator’s household

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – On Tuesday, the Kula Yoga Studio in Easttown hosted a drop-in fundraising class to raise money for an Afghan family.

Jason Gaal, one of its members, is a Marine. His interpreter Ahmad Srosh is safely back in the USA and lives with his family in Texas.

However, due to the recent events in Afghanistan, Srosh’s remaining family is in danger. Gaal raises money to bring the rest of the Srosh family to America.

“The state of the world is really suffering at the moment. Lots of people don’t do a lot. They say a lot. But they don’t necessarily do much. That really annoyed me during this Afghanistan crisis. When I came up with this yoga flow … everything in that flow will serve the state in Afghanistan, ”said yoga teacher Byron Janisse.

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Seattle restaurant raises cash, gives assist for Afghan refugees

Kabul Afghan Cuisine is working to donate money and support those fleeing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

SEATTLE – A local company tries to raise funds to help refugees as tensions escalate over the airlift in Afghanistan.

The owners of the Kabul restaurant in Wallingford said they are desperate about what happened and will donate 10% of the money that is received to help the groups that work directly with refugees.

You support the work of Afghan health initiative and groups like Medical missions of the SCM. “We had to do something,” said restaurant owner Yama Khairzada.

Khairzada’s father immigrated from Afghanistan in the 1970s, and the restaurant felt it needed to reach out to the people who came from there.

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Medical missions of the SCM has been working with refugees from areas such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan for years.

The group collects money and helps distribute goods to refugees. SCM recently sent a letter to Donors asking for help for Afghan refugees and they are connecting with those who have already arrived.

On Friday, volunteers brought household donations to a family in Tukwila who arrived with only a few items of clothing for their three daughters.

They work with other non-profit organizations trying to help families with culturally sensitive foods.

This week’s attacks add even more trauma to the grief refugees are feeling. The attacks have made it even more difficult to get in touch with relatives who are still in Afghanistan.

Americans and US allies, including Afghans who helped US forces during the war in Afghanistan, fled the now Taliban-controlled country via Kabul airport before the August 31 deadline.

The last day or so has the airlift began to unwind while the US allies complete their own evacuation mission.

A protest in solidarity with Afghanistan and those who fled Taliban rule is planned in Seattle on Saturday.

Native children promoting jewellery to assist elevate cash for Afghan refugees

Local children sell jewelry to raise money for Afghan refugees

A local family spends the week selling jewelry to raise money for Afghan refugees.

A local family spends the week selling jewelry to raise money for Afghan refugees.

The Cakaj family makes clay necklaces, hand-studded bracelets and much more. You will find the handmade item in the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market on Saturday, August 21.

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The idea came to them after a successful similar fundraiser they had a few years ago that raised money for families and children incarcerated on the US-Mexico border.

“A couple of weeks ago, our mother told us that some Afghan families were coming to Washington, DC, and she told us that we might be able to do a jewelry sale for them,” said Sebastian Cakaj.

He and his sister Olivia work hard to help these families in need.

“We make a lot of jewelry, so we have some pieces that we used to make, but we didn’t start making some until Monday when the Afghan crisis got more on the news.”

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The proceeds from the sale of her homemade jewelry will go to Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, one of the largest organizations in the DMV that helps arriving Afghan families.

The Cakajs hope to sell all of their jewelry to raise $ 250.