As the United States continues importing thousands of Afghan refugees following the country’s collapse, there has been a spike in domestic abuse and other crimes committed by the refugees, as reported by Breitbart.
There are currently around 53,000 Afghanis living across eight different military bases in the country, in the states of Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. This is in addition to the thousands more being directly imported into the country by flights every day.
In Monroe County’s Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, there have been so many reports of domestic abuse that “gender and protection advisors” have been deployed to the base to attempt to resolve the issues.
“Every day there’s calls for domestic violence, mediation, trying to get victims to a safe place, coordination with law enforcement such as the FBI, the military police, and other agencies,” said the chief gender advisor for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Sharon Feist. Officials in the military have noted that the rates of domestic abuse will only get higher in the winter season, when the colder weather keeps refugees inside their homes rather than going out.
The New York Times reported that numerous single Afghan women were constantly being harassed at the base by Afghan men, who would mock and threaten them for being on their own without the company of a male relative, as is the law under Islamic rule in their home country. The military has subsequently been forced to segregate all of the single female refugees into a different neighborhood away from the men.
The Wisconsin State Journal has reported the accounts of several Afghan women who claimed that their harassers were “former members of the U.S.-trained Afghan National Army who have caused problems” in the past.
There have already been at least two Afghan men at Fort McCoy who have been charged with crimes of domestic abuse and sex crimes against children; one man is accused of nearly strangling his wife to death, while the other allegedly molested numerous boys between the ages of 12 and 14.
The flood of Afghan refugees comes as a result of the fall of the country to the Taliban in late August, as the U.S. forces were still formally withdrawing from the country. After the Taliban seized control of the capital city of Kabul, the evacuation became rushed and chaotic, with American citizens being left behind and evacuation flights simply taking as many Afghanis as possible, without proper vetting of their backgrounds.