Several reports of assault and theft among Afghan evacuees at military bases
Two Afghan refugees have been arrested and more are under investigation as the United States works to resettle tens of thousands of people evacuated from Kabul in the final days of the war in Afghanistan.
Despite the incidents, including accusations of pedophilia, domestic violence and assault on a female soldier, Air Force General Glenn VanHerck, chief of Northern Command, told reporters on Thursday he had calculated the numbers and found that crime rates in evacuee relocation facilities are much lower than in comparable US populations.
“The fact that the Aghan are reporting incidents is a good indicator of their commitment to ensuring the safety of the community, as well as their confidence in our people,” he said.
For example, he said, there have been eight reports of theft or theft among the 53,000 people currently evacuated in the United States, while statistically there are typically 150 or more reports in a population of that. size during the same period.
While Homeland Security and state departments are responsible for screening evacuees and resettling them with local nongovernmental agencies, the Defense Department is responsible for their accommodation and medical care in the interim.
Following the measles outbreaks, 100% of evacuees to the United States have been vaccinated against the virus, VanHerck said, a condition of their legal residency status.
They are also 84% vaccinated against COVID-10 so far, he said. During regular testing, the positivity rate among evacuees is 0.4%. For comparison, the daily positivity rate in the United States as of September 30 is between 1.8% in Rhode Island and 49.4% in Idaho.
About 4,000 Afghans have been resettled from US bases, VanHerck said, and another 14,000 in Europe and the Middle East await their transfer.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at the Military Times. It covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other military issues. Follow on Twitter @Meghann_MT