San Diego County students and their parents are stranded in Afghanistan after taking a summer vacation in the Taliban controlled country.
According to the Los Angeles Times, 24 students and 16 parents from the Cajon Valley Union School District in El Cajon, California, are among the thousands of U.S. citizens trapped in Kabul as insurgents control the city.
Cajon Valley Superintendent David Miyashiro said the trip was not school-sanctioned, but they traveled to the area on special visas for US military service to visit extended family, and had return flights scheduled to coincide with the start of the school year.
Some of the families were traveling to the international airport in Kabul as the Taliban seized control, and are reportedly safe, but unclear about if they will be able to make it out of the country in time for the Taliban’s Aug. 31 deadline for U.S. troop withdrawal.
“We are so worried about our students that are stuck there,” Cajon Valley School Board President Tamara Otero said. “We’ll do the best that we can to get them out.”
Miyashiro announced he would be meeting with Republican California Rep. Darrell Issa to work on a strategy to locate and rescue the stranded students.
Issa’s spokesperson said that the congressman’s team was “working diligently to determine the facts on the ground, any bureaucratic barriers that can be removed, and the best ways to help those stranded leave Afghanistan and return home safely.”
“We won’t stop until we have answers and action,” the spokesperson concluded.