As NGOs and US forces continue to run to get Americans and their Afghan allies to safety ahead of the Biden administration’s August 31 deadline in Afghanistan, a faith-based nonprofit has helped evacuate a family to risk of eight Christians of chaos in Kabul.
“I’m grateful to everyone involved,” All Things Possible founder Victor Marx told Fox News on Friday. “We might be the starting point for some operations, but it’s a huge network and there are a lot of people who care about getting these people out.”
Marx is a veteran, minister and humanitarian whose Christian association All Things Possible strives to help people whose lives have been uprooted by trauma and war, especially in countries where operating conditions may be difficult. be dangerous.
“People are dying in this world trying to do high-risk things,” he said. “So we are grateful to God, grateful to the people who support us and we are grateful to our very courageous teams. And of course the heroes, the heroes we know and see, are the ones we help.”
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A sister of the rescued family, who is married to a former Navy SEAL who did security work with Marx’s organization, asked for help, he said.
“He has done several missions with us which have been very successful, but ask his wife to call and say: ‘Oh my God Kabul is falling, my family is there and they cannot get out. … “It’s quite convincing”. says Marx. “So we dove in.”
Marx declined to go into details of the operation, citing extreme security concerns and continued efforts to save more people, but said his organization was working with partners inside and outside. of the airport on its various rescue missions.
Civilians rescued included a doctor, a former American entrepreneur and four children, and all had converted from Islam to Christianity and were in great danger, he said. The family could not be reached immediately for comment as they were still in transit on Friday evening.
But it was not easy to save them, according to Marx. Some of the evacuees had broken ribs and internal bleeding, he said, trampled by a crowd after Taliban fighters fired tear gas near them during one of their attempts to reach the airport. .
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“We brought them home safe and they were discouraged,” he said. “But we kept saying, don’t give up – don’t give up, don’t give up.”
In addition to the obstacle presented by the Taliban, there was also the size of the crowd outside the airport to overcome.
“It’s like going to the DMV with 10,000 people in line trying to get a license,” he said. “And there are only two people who give licenses.”
On the group’s third attempt, they managed to get inside the airport. ATP got them
“Our organization, All Things Possible, operates like a special operations team,” he said. “We are small and nimble.”
The group is funded entirely by private donors and does not take government money, he said, in order to do work without having to deal with bureaucratic bureaucracy.
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And ATP operates in conflict zones around the world. His latest assignment was to reunite nine mothers, he said, who had been kidnapped and forced to marry ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria, along with their children.
“We were able to be part of a mission that made it possible to secure the children, free the mothers, bring them together, and then they came to our safe home in Iraq,” Marx said.
In Afghanistan, All Things Possible is still working to evacuate more people, including a group of 300 orphans who reached Hamid Karzai International Airport earlier this week, but remain stranded in Kabul after the plane scheduled for transporting them wasn’t able to land.
Another group of refugees attempted to reach the airport and ATP warned them of the high-risk situation outside one of the airport gates. They stopped about 300 meters before the bombs exploded.
But even after the August 31 US withdrawal deadline, Marx said ATP would continue to try to keep people safe.
And high-risk interventions are only part of the group’s job, Marx said. Once they are safe, ATP works to help them cope with post-traumatic stress disorder or other issues related to the countries they fled, and to help them settle in. their new life, to find a job and to support themselves.
“So we are building this network of people of faith, and not even of faith, who really care about helping them resettle in their communities,” he said.
Along with a partner group, Save Our Allies, Marx said ATP has so far helped to remove around 5,000 people from Afghanistan.
Those interested in learning more or helping Marx’s work can find information on his website.
His personal story is just as heartbreaking as the people he saved. He was mistreated, even tortured, as a child, then left for dead. Growing up, he fell into alcohol and drugs, then found God, joined the Marine Corps, and ultimately dedicated his life to humanitarian efforts.
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And for those worried about nonprofits using crises to raise large sums of money, Marx said his work is focused on faith, values and results.
“I drive a truck and live on a dirt road,” he said. “And so I’m not one of those with a bunch of jets running a big organization. But if any of these rich guys wants to give us a jet, we’ll take it because we fly all over the world. “
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