San Diego-Area Students On Summer Trip Stranded In Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan

Jeffrey Cawood

Dozens of students enrolled in a school district in San Diego County, California, are reportedly stuck in the Middle East as the U.S. military accelerates plans to evacuate forces from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan by the end of the month.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, “At least 24 students from the Cajon Valley Union School District in El Cajon and 16 parents are stranded in Afghanistan after taking a summer trip abroad.” According to the outlet, “Cajon Valley Supt. David Miyashiro told school district board members via text message Tuesday that he and other Cajon Valley staff met virtually with U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Bonsall) and his staff about the situation.”

“Congressman Issa and his staff are working diligently to determine the facts on the ground, any bureaucratic barriers that can be removed, and the best ways to help those stranded leave Afghanistan and return home safely,” a staffer from Issa’s office said in an email to the Union-Tribune. “We won’t stop until we have answers and action.”

An ABC 7 report said the students were currently in Kabul with their parents after visiting extended relatives “on a non-school-sanctioned trip.” When the Taliban took control, some were already en route to the airport.

Jo Alegria, a member of the Cajon Valley School Board, said the district was trying to help expedite the students and their families’ return to America after they could not get to the airport for their scheduled flights.

Multiple families on special visas for U.S. military service reportedly contacted Mike Serban, who heads the Family and Children Engagement (FACE) program, which works with refugee families with children enrolled in the district’s 28 schools. Parents were concerned that students “would lose a seat in the classroom,” according to the Union-Tribune.

“They reached out specifically to us to find out (if we could) hold a spot for them in school,” Serban told ABC. “We said absolutely, it’s the least we can do to ease any of your stress.”

Serban told CBS8 News that the families were “trying to find their way to the airport or on an airplane.”

“We’re working really closely with our federal government officials in reaching out to them, to make connections, to get the two connected so that the federal government knows who’s there and how they can support them to get them back here to the United States,” Serban said.

President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the U.S. was on pace to withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31, a deadline a Taliban spokesman said would not be extended.


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Hostess Is Recalling Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns Due to Possible Contamination

The products may be contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella. By Sarra Sedghi August 19, 2021 Time -0:39

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shared a recall on certain hamburger and hot dog buns created by Hostess Brands, LLC due to the potential presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The impacted products were manufactured by Best Harvest Bakeries, a Hostess co-manufacturer. At the moment, Hostess has received no reports of illness related to the issue from consumers.

The affected products, Hostess Soft White Hamburger Buns and Hostess Soft White Hot Dog Buns, have respective UPCs of 888109110987 and 888109110970. The affected hamburger buns have best-by dates ranging from August 13, 2021 to October 4, 2021 and the affected hot dog buns have best-by dates ranging from August 13, 2021 to September 30, 2021. For more information including batch numbers, check the FDA’s announcement.

Credit: Hostess

Both Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, frail and elderly people, and immunocompromised people. Salmonella infection symptoms include fever and gastric issues such as vomiting, abdominal pain, and vomiting. In rare cases, Salmonella can enter the bloodstream and cause a more severe illness.

Listeria infection symptoms include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness and gastric issues such as vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, and the organism can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant people. If you are experiencing severe symptoms of either illness, contact a medical professional.

No other Hostess products are affected by this recall, the FDA says. If you’ve purchased the affected products, dispose of them or return to the place of purchase for a refund.

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