LAGUNA BEACH (CBSLA) – The Afghan American community in Laguna Beach gathered Sunday for a vigil, to shine a light on the ongoing crisis and think about family members stuck in embattled Afghanistan as U.S. forces pull out and the Taliban retakes control.
“We are shocked here, everybody is shocked,” Fatah Kamal said.READ MORE: 'Time Machine,' 'Toys In The Attic' Actress Yvette Mimieux Dies At 80
Dozens of people gathered by the beach with their Afghan flags, their families and friends, all taking a moment remember what loved ones back in Afghanistan may be going through.
“Everyone back home is a connection to us, is a part of us. So, it’s like a ripple effect for all the Afghans out here, around the world,” Jasmine Aszali said.READ MORE: Bodycam Footage Released In Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar Massacre
Habib Kaghaz said he and his wife are trying to help family members get out of the country.
“My wife has family there. They are trying to get out. They can’t get out, so it’s really, really hard for us,” Kaghaz said. “We’ve been trying to talk to our Senators, talk to immigration lawyers, it’s very hard. It’s like a deadlock and we don’t know what’s going on.”MORE NEWS: Hearing For Long Beach School Officer Charged In Woman’s Shooting Death
Organizers of tonight’s vigil told CBSLA that they are trying to reach out to members of Congress and work with each other to discuss how they can help those in need.