More than 70,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan in less than two weeks following the Taliban’s takeover of the country, meaning many have had to leave their homes behind.
In an effort to help these refugees, Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, announced on his Twitter yesterday that “Airbnb will begin housing 20,000 Afghan refugees globally for free.”
He continued on by saying that this is made possible by the “generosity of our Hosts,” and Airbnb is working alongside “NGOs and partners orgs” to support this cause.
In total, there are nearly 2.5 million registered Afghan refugees, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees—and it’s predicted that this number will only continue to grow as tensions rise in Afghanistan.
If you’re looking to host a refugee family in your own home, Chesky tweeted that he recommends reaching out to him, after which he’ll “connect you with the right people here to make it happen!”
Chesky concluded his statements by adding that “the displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel a responsibility to step up.” He also mentioned that he hopes this will inspire “other business leaders to do the same,” as “there’s no time to waste.”
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