Brian Chesky, CEO of US company Airbnb, said that Airbnb will house 20,000 refugees globally leaving Afghanistan as people flee after the Taliban took control of the country. He described the displacement and resettlement of the Afghan people as one of the biggest humanitarian crises.
Chesky said the process would begin on August 24. He tweeted that starting today Airbnb will start providing free housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees globally. This gives Chesky hope that other businesses will be inspired to do the same.
In a series of tweets, the CEO said the displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel a responsibility to step up.
Meanwhile, India’s complex mission to rescue Indian civilians and Afghan allies from Kabul after the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan has been named Operation Devi Shakti.
The name of the operation came to light after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar mentioned it in one of his tweets on Tuesday in the context of the repatriation of 78 more people from Afghanistan.
On 16 August, India had embarked on a complex mission of bringing people back safely by airlifting 40 Indians from Kabul to Delhi. A day earlier, the Taliban had taken control of the Afghan capital.
Amidst the deteriorating security situation in Kabul and efforts by various countries to take back its citizens, India has so far brought more than 800 people safely. For the past week, thousands of Afghan citizens have gathered around Kabul airport who want to leave their country after the Taliban take over. They fear that the era of barbarism will return to the country with the Taliban.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security on August 17, had directed officials to bring back all Indians from Afghanistan safely and provide refuge to Afghan Hindus and Sikhs desirous of coming to India.
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