New York – Latifah Woodhouse believes that the life of the Afghan people is getting worse and worse.
We first told you in August about her brother, who we are not identifying for security reasons. A month later and he is still hiding with his wife and six children in the basement of their home in Kandahar, Afghanistan—the birthplace of the Taliban. He worked as a translator for the US government from 2003-2006.
“The situation is so dire,” Woodhouse said. “Trades are down, no purchases have taken place, borders are closed, no money has changed.”
Now that US troops have left Afghanistan, the Woodhouse and other Afghan families who have left fear for the future of their loved ones.
Woodhouse spends most of her days in Afghanistan communicating with her brother and other relatives, who ask her for help. But sadly, she believes it is out of her control.
“I’m tired,” she said. “I’m hurt too. No one is moving as fast as we’d like.”
Woodhouse and her husband Colin say the Taliban have done nothing to advance the country’s progress. They have announced that there will be no school after sixth grade, they do not believe in playing cards or watching television and it is women and girls who suffer the most.
“Everyone is waiting, what’s going to happen? What is the real face of the Taliban?” asked Colin Woodhouse.
Senator Schumer’s office is working with many families who have relatives who need help. Via a spokesperson, they could not immediately confirm that this was one of those cases. He said the office is ready to help.
Video from Afghanistan shows food delivery efforts by Woodhouse, an organization called Shared Humanity USA. For a month the charity has helped feed 600 hungry families. She believes this is the least she can do as she prays that peace prevails.