Miramar, FL–I am deeply concerned about the events unfolding in Afghanistan and the reports detailing inhumane treatment of Afghans at the hands of the Taliban. Furthermore, the treatment of women and girls has long been a matter of concern but is now an even greater issue.

I condemn the resurgence of bloodshed and violence, especially against women and girls. We must do everything possible to protect innocent civilians around the globe and the countless Afghans at dire risk of Taliban reprisals. Additionally, we must act responsibly, as global human rights defenders and take every necessary measure to ensure the safe passage out of Afghanistan for all US citizens and for those abandoned, targeted and facing an uncertain future.

I call for the United States of America to do everything it can to evacuate the remaining Americans and all those who have put themselves in harm’s way to help the United States of America.

In closing, I want to thank the US military for their ongoing service and for working tirelessly to defend and preserve the promise of liberty and freedom for everyone across our nation.

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Dr. Barbara Sharief is a candidate for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 20th Congressional District. Barbara specialized in critical care and pediatrics and used her skills to open her own pediatric and adult homecare service, where she employs over 200 frontline heroes. Barbara has served as Broward County Commissioner for 11 years, and made history as not only Broward County’s first black female mayor but also the first black female President of the Florida Association of Counties. Barbara was born and raised in South Florida and has three beautiful daughters.

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