Restoring America via The Washington Examiner
By Jessica Hayes, Chief of Staff for Rep. Hice
August 19, 2022
I will never forget when Kabul fell to the Taliban on Aug. 15, 2021.
Like millions of Americans, I watched the television in disbelief at the horrific images of thousands of Afghans surging the Kabul airport, attempting to cling to a U.S. military plane, as the Taliban entered the capital. Those desperate men who made it on to the wings at takeoff plunged to their deaths — and the entire world was forced to watch.
Even from thousands of miles away, Afghans’ panic was palpable as those who were left behind realized what Taliban rule meant for the country – especially for women and children and those who worked for the former government and with American officials.
Their cries for help soon reached my own door, as a whirlwind of surging requests for expedited visas, access to the Kabul airport, and military extraction flooded our congressional office. It was like nothing we had experienced before. There was no training to prepare us for the days, weeks, and months ahead.
“I feel like I’ve cried every tear there is to cry,” Rep. Jody Hice, (R-GA), said at the time.
Indeed, there were times when we sobbed because of the things we were hearing. People who were in hiding with their children and starving waiting for us to tell them to go to the airport. Reports of marks on their doors, which is the Taliban’s way of saying,
“There’s something we want inside, and we’re coming back to get it.” What was inside?
Terrified little girls.
We were receiving almost in-the-moment reports of families being beaten, of Americans being dragged away, of people outside the airport gates desperate to get inside, and of Christians who were being hunted down by the Taliban.
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