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Media Roundtable: How Do Afghans Living In The US Reflect On Their Country's Future?

An Afghan family receives donated food from the International Rescue Committee upon their arrival this week. The family of seven is living in a hotel for now. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Afghan Americans gather at the Capitol in Sacramento to protest the takeover of Afghanistan by Taliban forces and the withdrawal of the U.S. troops. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we continue our coverage of Afghanistan by talking about the twin bombings near the Kabul airport, which killed more than 90 Afghan civilians and 13 US soldiers.

We'll also discuss the plight of thousands of Afghans who are trying to take refuge in the West. According to officials, the US has facilitated the evacuation of more than 100,00 people from the Kabul airport. According to the 2019 American Community Survey, an estimated 144,000 people of Afghan ancestry live in the US. What struggles do they face?


Halima Kazem-Stojanovic, investigative journalist and Justice Studies professor at San Jose State University

Anita Chabria, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times covering California state politics and policy

Web Resources:

NBC Bay Area: How Bay Area Universities are Helping Afghans During the Taliban Coup

The Los Angeles Times: For many Afghan refugees, the struggles don’t end when they reach U.S. soil

The Guardian: ‘It was like doomsday’: wait at Kabul airport descends into terror

Al Jazeera: Attack on Afghan reporter tests Taliban’s media freedom pledge

Science: ‘I don’t want to die.’ Afghan researchers fear for their safety—and the future of science

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.