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    Veteran Still Evacuating Afghan Refugees More Than Year After Headlines Faded Away

    Veteran Still Evacuating Afghan Refugees More Than Year After Headlines Faded Away

    Alex Plitsas never gives up.

    The former U.S.  veteran helped refugees escape from war-torn  during the often-chaotic days in August 2021 at  International Airport. But though the headlines from those desperate scenes have faded long ago, Plitsas is still working nearly 18 months later from his Fairfield, Connecticut home — and saving evacuees as recently as last week.

    Many of his efforts have remained secret because the Afghans are seeking to avoid the brutal Taliban, enemies of the United States who have been known to kill Afghans who have helped Americans. But now he can discuss some aspects as many Afghans have escaped from their homeland.

    “We had rented or leased about 70 apartment buildings, and we were hiding and feeding almost 10,000 people across the country,'' Plitsas said in an interview. “After the airport collapsed, the State Department didn't have anybody who could run flights and the Qatari government hadn't yet stepped up, so my organization basically stepped in. Through a group of people who met remotely in August, we put together contracted charter flights from the fall of 2021 until we actually filled up the intake reception place in .''

    Plitsas works as one of the leaders of a sprawling organization that operates under the Human First Coalition, a nonprofit that includes drivers on the ground in Afghanistan to transport evacuees and coordinators…

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