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Evacuees who fled Afghanistan safely on United States soil

A U.S. service member greets a smiling child in a colorful outfit
Evacuees who fled Afghanistan walk through the Dulles International Airport to board buses that will take them to a processing center on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
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People fleeing the violence engulfing Afghanistan have arrived in Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., on Sunday.

City, state and federal agencies as well as hospitals and nonprofits are providing food, comfort items and hygiene products as well as a medical evaluation “that includes a required COVID test, physical and mental health support services, and the opportunity to get a COVID vaccination,” officials said.

Volunteer interpreters who can help with Dari, Pashto, Urdu or Farsi are being sought.

The military hopes to expand the capacity there to 10,000, part of an effort to expand nationwide capacity to 50,000 by Sept. 15.

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A line of refugees, some wearing face masks
Evacuees who fled Afghanistan walk through the Dulles International Airport to board buses that will take them to a processing center on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Evacuees walk outside an airport building toward buses
Evacuees who fled Afghanistan walk at Dulles International Airport toward buses that will take them to a processing center on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

A woman carries a young child who is holding a bag of snacks
Evacuees who fled Afghanistan walk at the Dulles International Airport to board buses that will take them to a processing center on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

A woman walks while holding hands with a girl
Evacuees who fled Afghanistan walk through the Dulles International Airport to board buses that will take them to a processing center on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

A girl and boy appear to have a staring contest as evacuees board a bus
Evacuees who fled Afghanistan board a bus that will take them to a processing center on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

A woman carries a child wearing a tiny denim vest over a baggy white shirt
Evacuees who fled Afghanistan approach a bus at Dulles International Airport on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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Adults carrying small bags of luggage walk with children
Evacuees who fled Afghanistan walk through the Dulles International Airport on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Weary-looking evacuees line up to board a bus
Evacuees who fled Afghanistan board buses that will take them to a processing center on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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