Afghan refugees who were rescued and brought back to the US have been accused of being racist and sexist towards those helping them, a bombshell report has found.
Some of them are said to have launched verbal abuse at staff and even turned their noses up at accommodation they were given.
The claims emerged in a State Department report that looked at the resettlement of around 73,000 Afghan evacuees brought in last year and in 2021.
It found agencies were battered by an influx of challenges including the speed of arrivals, the pandemic as well as housing, staffing and cultural orientation.
‘[Resettlement agency] officials told OIG that the [Afghan Placement and Assistance Program] involved some of the most significant challenges that they had ever faced,’ the report, as seen by Fox News, stated.
Afghan passengers board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during the Afghanistan evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan in August 2021
Families are seen walking towards their flight during the evacuations from Kabul in August ’21
The agencies also identified ‘inappropriate behavior’ from some, which they attributed to a lack of cultural awareness.
Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services Christi Grimm is pictured. She took on the role last February
‘For example, some RA staff reported experiencing racism and sexism from Afghan clients unaccustomed to the norms of U.S. society,’ the report explained.
Some also refused to work case managers if they were women or those from minority groups.
‘A few local offices had issues of verbal abuse from Afghans, mostly those who were upset or frustrated by the process,’ one agency reported,
‘Many parolees had very high expectations and did not understand the role of local affiliates and would become frustrated with services and housing,’ the report detailed.
Some of them also appeared to have ‘unrealistic expectations over how the resettlement process might work.
For example, some groups had been told they would receive ‘welcome money’ when they on U.S. soil.
Others also had unrealistic expectations over housing and would reject offers of homes that they deemed insufficient or of inferior quality.
Hundreds of people are seen gathered near a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane at the perimeter of the Kabul airport
Hungarian coalition forces escort evacuees to a Hungarian Air Force plane at Hamid Karzai International Airport during the chaotic evacuation in August 2021
Some who had good jobs working as professionals in Afghanistan or had advanced degrees from the country ‘often believed that they would be set up in positions within their chosen field.’
The agencies have recommended various measures, including ‘standardized minimum requirements for cultural orientation that emphasize self-sufficiency, manage expectations, and convey U.S. societal expectations for behavior regarding gender, race, and sexual issues.’
The report noted that the resettlement was ‘an unprecedented and demanding effort that presented substantial challenges for the nine nine resettlement agencies that implemented the program.’
This latest reports is more positive that previous ones which faulted the vetting process for the Afghan evacuation and even went onto suggest that ‘bad actors’ or national security threats may have entered the country under the scheme.
A retired marine who saved countless civilians in Afghanistan is incensed by National Security Council spokesman John Kirby’s characterization of the 2021 US withdrawal from Afghanistan calling the presentation a ‘national tragedy’
The report on the evacuees came as retired marines revealed how they were incensed by National Security Council spokesman John Kirby’s characterization of the 2021 US withdrawal from Afghanistan calling the presentation a ‘national tragedy.’
Kirby held a controversial and often confrontational press briefing on Thursday in which he defended the Biden administration’s withdrawal as largely successful and noting that the after-action report’s purpose was ‘not accountability.’
‘For all this talk of chaos. I just didn’t see it. Not from my perch,’ Kirby said later in the presser, adding that at one point in the evacuation, planes were departing Hamid Karzai International Airport every 48 minutes with Afghans and Americans alike aboard.
‘Not one single mission was missed. So I’m sorry. I just don’t buy the whole argument of chaos,’ he said.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized attempts to shirk blame and point the finger at former U.S. president Donald Trump’s administration saying Biden made a ‘political decision’ to announce the withdrawal date despite advice to the contrary.
Kirby said the after-action report could now be reviewed by Congress which will ‘lay out things that could have gone better.’
‘Nobody is saying that everything was perfect, but there was a lot that went right. And a lot of Afghans are now living better lives in this country and other countries around the world because of the sacrifices and the work of so many American government officials,’ he said Thursday.
‘The review process isn’t over,’ Kirby added. ‘This is the next muscle-movement in what will be a long process to better understand and comprehend and adjust to what we learned and what we did in Afghanistan.’
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby defended the Biden administration’s actions in Kabul during the disastrous withdrawal in August 2021, after releasing a report detailing the reasons why they think it unfolded
Thirteen American service members died when the suicide bomber detonated explosives packed with ball bearings amid the chaos of the city’s airport
Last week, the White House said that the disastrous Afghanistan evacuation that led to the death of 13 U.S. service members and hundreds of civilians was Donald Trump’s fault – and the scenes of Afghans falling from planes and the Taliban shooting people in the streets was not chaotic.
Kirby defended the Biden administration’s actions in Kabul during the disastrous withdrawal in August 2021, after releasing a report detailing the reasons why they think it unfolded.
Kirby said the administration was ‘proud’ of how U.S. forces carried out the withdrawal, as the Taliban toppled the American-backed Afghan government the U.S. spent trillions over 20 years to keep stable.
He also said that no member of the administration would be fired for what happened, insisting the investigation was not about ‘accountability’.
Their findings follows relentless pressure from veterans and Republicans for answers for the horrific scenes that unfolded more than 18 months ago.
The US Marine Corps posted a photo to Twitter of the flag-draped caskets of their fallen brethren killed in the suicide bomb attack in Kabul, after the coffins arrived back on home soil on August 29, 2021
‘All this talk of chaos, I just don’t see it,’ Kirby said in a White House briefing. ‘I just don’t buy the whole argument of chaos’
‘All this talk of chaos, I just don’t see it,’ Kirby said in a White House briefing, referring to the withdrawal that culminated in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport that 13 Americans and some 170 others dead. ‘I just don’t buy the whole argument of chaos.’
Kirby said the president is ‘proud’ of the service personnel involved and no operation ‘ever goes perfectly according to plan.’
‘Nobody’s saying that everything was perfect,’ Kirby said. ‘But there was a lot that went right. And a lot of Afghans are now living better lives in this country and other countries around the world, because of the sacrifices and the work of so many American government officials. So yeah, there’s a lot to be proud of,’ he added.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin echoed the sentiment of being ‘proud’ of U.S. servicemembers in a statement he released Thursday afternoon.
‘Even on the hardest days, including August 26, 2021 when we tragically lost 13 of our finest, our force performed admirably under incredibly challenging conditions,’ Austin noted.
Kirby noted that even though the ‘mission changed’ it ‘doesn’t mean that anybody who served in Afghanistan doesn’t have something to be proud of.’
‘Doesn’t have …, ‘ he said, briefly finding his words and then adding, ‘Sorry, doesn’t have, doesn’t have service to this country that they can take with them the rest of their lives and feel honorable about it.’
Both Kirby and the White House document characterized the decision-making process around the withdrawal as being ‘deliberate, intensive, rigorous, and inclusive.’
‘President Biden’s choices for how to execute a withdrawal from Afghanistan were severely constrained by conditions created by his predecessor,’ the White House report read.
The administration said most of the after-action reviews were classified but would be transmitted privately to members of Congress.
Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021
Some hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16. 2021
Vargas-Andrews recalled the ‘surreal’ scenes at the airport which included Afghans trying to kill themselves on the razor wire because they didn’t want to face Taliban ‘torture’
Poor planning by the U.S. military before the withdrawal from Afghanistan and a lack of oversight contributed to the rapid collapse of the government as the Taliban overran the country in August 2021, a damning new watchdog report has said