The Rev. Franklin Graham issued a call to prayer Sunday for the people of Afghanistan and Americans trying to flee the country, which has fallen into the control of the Taliban in the wake of the U.S. military exit.
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Reports from journalists on the ground have indicated Americans are struggling to access the Kabul International Airport in order to evacuate the Middle Eastern country. Additionally, residents fearful of a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan are trying to escape the ravaged country.
President Joe Biden has said any American who wants to leave Afghanistan will be able to do so, claiming the evacuation will be complete by Aug. 31. That suggestion, though, doesn’t square with what’s happening in Kabul.
Given the Taliban’s history of violence — particularly against women and girls — Graham, who serves as president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, is calling for a day of prayer Sunday for those impacted by the devastation.
“There is no hope for these people to get out safely — apart from a miracle from the hand of God — and that’s what we need to pray for,” he said in press release issued Friday afternoon, noting Samaritan’s Purse is partnering with groups in Afghanistan to get people out of the country.
Graham’s youngest son, Edward, who served in six combat deployments with special operations forces in Afghanistan, said it “hurts” to see what’s currently unfolding in the country.
“I spent years there and lost many friends,” he added. “There are many Afghan people that I love. This is a manmade disaster and there isn’t a person or an organization that can fix this. Only God can deliver us from this crisis.”
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