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Thousands of people in Afghanistan are still struggling to be evacuated after the withdrawal of US troops nearly six months ago. But the Afghan people who are already here in the United States are faced with a new culture, a new language, and the guilt of leaving those they love behind.

Life looks better for Afghan refugee Kaihan and his family in Jacksonville, Florida. The nonprofit Save our Allies helped Kaihan find a sponsor to cover his living expenses for a year.

“I’m lucky to still be here with my family and my daughter, but there are people who have been left behind,” Kaihan told Fox News.

He spent years as an interpreter for American troops until the Taliban took over the country.

Taliban fighters escort women during a march in support of the Taliban government outside Kabul University, Afghanistan.
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“Life in Afghanistan right now, there is no life,” Kaihan said.

Kaihan says people who helped US troops are still in hiding.

“The Taliban never changed. Who said they changed? It was a big lie. They lie to you. They lie to us,” Kaihan said. “People are starving. People are dying. They don’t have food or anything.”

Former US Army infantry officer Nick Palmisciano helped evacuate people in Kabul. He sits on the board of Save our Allies, which was born out of the need to help allies fleeing Afghanistan.

“We basically worked nonstop for 10 days and evacuated 12,000 people,” Palmisciano told Fox News.

Some Afghan refugee nonprofits are asking the Biden administration to help resettle abandoned allies

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Armed Taliban fighters stand guard atop a vehicle as veiled women march during a pro-Taliban rally outside Shaheed Rabbani University of Education in Kabul on September 11, 2021.
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Palmisciano says the biggest problem they face is that the public forgets about them.

“It’s not the right thing. It’s not American. Forgetting the people who fought alongside us and pretending we’ve completed the mission because we haven’t,” Palmisciano said.

The International Institute of Minnesota tries to help refugees learn English and find jobs once they arrive in this country.

“I don’t think in the 30 years I’ve been here I’ve seen such a busy time,” said Jane Graupman, the institute’s executive director.

Since September, Minnesota has taken in 721 Afghan evacuees according to the Minnesota Department of Social Services. Many are filling vital jobs left vacant by labor shortages.

“We relocated a few doctors, engineers, computer experts, and so they really work in all areas of our community,” Graupman said. “Which is really great for our community, because as everyone knows, there is a great need for employees right now.”

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Evacuees wait to board a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 23, 2021.
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The organization Save Our Allies said that many resettlement agencies that have contracts with the US government do their best, but their assistance does not go beyond that, sometimes the money and assistance only lasts a few months in refugees. They would like to see more effort from the government to help these refugees, many of whom risked their lives for US troops.

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