The Edmontonian cousin Tassala Attai texts her as usually as attainable and tries desperately to flee Afghanistan.
“I get messages from him on a regular basis, day by day, whether or not one thing has modified or if there’s a probability for him to return to Canada,” she mentioned. “It is irritating as a result of these persons are actively looking out. They’ve their paperwork. They’ve all it’s. It’s totally unlucky that they get caught.”
On Saturday, Attai helped arrange a rally to lift consciousness of the plight of her cousin and different members of the family who have been stranded in Afghanistan when the Taliban took energy.
She was amongst a whole bunch of people that gathered on the Alberta Legislature grounds to display their assist for the Afghan individuals whereas additionally pressuring the Canadian authorities to do extra to assist. Greater than 100 additionally gathered in downtown Calgary.
“As somebody on the lookout for a solution to make a distinction, it was my calling,” mentioned Attai. “So I simply walked in and tried to be part of it, to do my finest for the people who find themselves at residence, actually. They don’t have any voice, so we’ve got to be their voice now. ”
Crystal Hakimi spoke with Attai on the rally. Each need to encourage individuals to place stress on the federal authorities to convey extra Afghans to Canada.
“We’d like an actual plan,” mentioned Hakimi. “They mentioned they’d herald 20,000; they did not even herald 2,000. We do not know what is going on on, we simply preserve listening to issues.
“We’re all so disenchanted with what is going on in Afghanistan. The people who find themselves left behind, their life is nothing brothers and sisters. ”
Canada’s mission to airlift refugees from Afghanistan ended Thursday after serving to evacuate greater than 3,700 individuals from Kabul.
Though the federal authorities is conscious that there are nonetheless Canadian residents, everlasting residents, and their households staying within the nation, there are at the moment no plans for additional evacuation flights.