Major US Company to House Afghan Refugees

Major US Company to House Afghan Refugees

( – As tens of thousands of Afghans flee their nation, most take US military evacuation flights out of the country. These refugees leave behind their homes, culture, and everything they have ever known as they set out on an uncharted journey in hopes it’ll be better than the one they leave behind. Businesses across the US, including the home-sharing website Airbnb, are stepping up to help these people as they settle into their new worlds.

On Tuesday, August 24, Airbnb announced that its nonprofit arm will help place 20,000 refugees into housing in the coming weeks. Private donations and funds directly from Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky will finance the significant operation. Chesky shared his reasoning for the announcement on Twitter:

The first 10 days of mass evacuations from Afghanistan started on Saturday, August 14. Around 58,700 people left the now Taliban-controlled nation. Some evacuees were refugees, but many were American citizens. There are still countless numbers of US citizens and Afghans we promised to help in the country. Thankfully, our heroic US military is working overtime to get them out by August 31.

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