Thousands of Afghan evacuees leave US military bases for new homes

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Thousands of Afghan refugees have left their temporary shelters at military installation bases to receive more permanent housing.

With the help of various non-profit organizations, roughly 6,000 Afghan evacuees have left the eight military housing sites, with another 3,000 U.S. citizens, green card holders, and Afghans with close ties to the United States leaving on their own, according to multiple outlets.

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There are still more than 55,000 Afghans at military sites in Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Virginia, and Wisconsin, and roughly half of them are children, according to CBS News. There are also an additional 5,000 evacuees housed at military bases overseas waiting to come to the U.S.

Flights for Afghans to the U.S. were temporarily halted amid a measles breakout, though they have since restarted. The evacuees have to get the MMR vaccination, and roughly 98% of the evacuees had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

More than 75,000 evacuees have arrived in the U.S. since the noncombatant evacuation operation began in mid-August, with an overwhelming majority of them (89%) being Afghans. The rest are U.S. citizens or green card holders.

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The U.S. military and its coalition allies staged a massive evacuation to help more than 120,000 people leave the country in August, with an overwhelming majority coming in the final two weeks after the Taliban overthrew the U.S.-backed Afghan government.

There were only roughly 6,000 Americans among them, with hundreds remaining behind.

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