Airbnb will host 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world free of charge

Afghan boys play on the outskirts of Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, on August 22, 2021. TO GO WITH “Gathering: Afghan refugees resettled in Pakistan hope for homeland peace and stability” (Xinhua / Ahmad Kamal)

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said on Tuesday the company will provide free accommodation worldwide to 20,000 Afghan refugees, stressing the need to tackle what he calls “one of the greatest crises humanitarian organizations of our time “.

“Starting today, Airbnb will begin hosting 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world for free,” Chesky wrote on Twitter.

The executive director added that the resettlement of Afghan refugees is “one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time”, noting that the company “feels a responsibility to escalate”.

Airbnb offers a special program to accommodate people in emergency and critical situations. It is used primarily for those who have suffered natural disasters or who are battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

On August 15, the Taliban (terrorist organization banned in Russia) completed their takeover of Afghanistan by entering Kabul. Ashraf Ghani resigned as president and fled the country. Many countries have resorted to evacuating their citizens and diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan due to the precarious security situation, and some have pledged to accept a limited number of Afghan asylum seekers.

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