[December 24, 2021] America’s bumbling withdrawal from Afghanistan will forever remain a stain on our nation’s history. There are, however, honorable people today who are doing the right thing by helping protect many Afghans who assisted and helped us. The private organization Ark Salus is doing the work necessary to help those who helped us.
A small group of “private American citizens and former U.S. Special Operations advisors with unique expertise” have stepped in to do what our military and government failed to do. We should applaud their honorable efforts.
“Ark Salus is positioned to fulfill our duty and mission to safeguard Afghans, their families and rescue them from Kabul. We will bring them to safety just as they brought safety to U.S. service members for two decades.”
Their work is a humanitarian effort. Their focus is to rescue key Afghan families, primarily those within the Afghan government, Elite Commando Units, and intelligence cells. Along with their families, these men are being hunted down and murdered. This is happening right now!
Some people talk about action; some take action. While the world is dithering about the strategic debacle created by America’s retreat from Afghanistan, some decided to go forward and take things into their own hands.
“We have a moral obligation to our fellow Afghan Warriors to safeguard THEM, their wives and children, and rescue them from Kabul, just as they have brought us home to our families. This effort carries from immediate rescue action through long term advocacy for our Afghan brethren and their families—We will work earnestly with other international organizations to place, care for, and safeguard our Afghan families. We stand at the forefront when it counts the most in these trying times.” – Peter Quinn, CEO and Director of Ark Salus
Their initiative is non-political and designed to help only those struggling and willing to come out.
The ambitious plan of Ark Salus’ Operation on Wings of Eagle involves chartering private aircraft and safely marshaling the traumatized families from Afghanistan in preparation for their flights. The initiative has saved close to 1,200 Afghani people and locally strangled people from Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan in less than ten days.2
If you can, support them with a contribution. Or, perhaps you have the expertise they can use. Go to their website for more information: https://www.arksalus.org.
UPDATE: Attached is a recent memorandum from Peter Quinn, President and CEO of Ark Salus. I’m asking that everyone here help get the word out about this wonderful organization and donate if you can. This month’s American Legion magazine also has their lead article on this same topic.
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