Ariana News Agency: The Pentagon says half of the 53,000 Afghans who have entered the country are children.
The Pentagon said in a recent letter to congressional lawmakers that half of the 53,000 Afghan nationals brought to the United States and living in military installations are children, reflecting the many challenges that officials face in trying to resettle citizens.
This is the first time that information has been leaked about the situation of the evacuees, and it was presented during Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s response to written questions from Senator James Einhoff, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
According to the letter, about 22 percent of those housed in US military bases are adult women and 34 percent are men. The letter did not mention the number of unaccompanied children or adult guardians, and Senator Einhoff did not address the issue.
Hundreds of homeless children were among those evacuated at Rammstein Air Base in Germany, which posed a challenge for base officials and paramedics. EInhoff called on Pentagon officials to provide details of the 124,000 people evacuated when the United States was evacuating Kabul Airport in August.