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caption: About 100 people attended a rally and march to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle. "What is happening in Afghanistan is devastating," said Shugla Kakar, with Afghans of Seattle. "We're trying to amplify Afghan voices and experiences, and push for urgent action by our federal, state and local leaders to help evacuate those at grave risk in Afghanistan while also supporting the incoming Afghan refugees in our state."
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About 100 people attended a rally and march to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle. "What is happening in Afghanistan is devastating," said Shugla Kakar, with Afghans of Seattle. "We're trying to amplify Afghan voices and experiences, and push for urgent action by our federal, state and local leaders to help evacuate those at grave risk in Afghanistan while also supporting the incoming Afghan refugees in our state."
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Photos: In Seattle, a rally to stand in solidarity with Afghans

About 100 people attended a rally and march to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday at Westlake Park in Seattle.

"I can't even comprehend how royally we have messed up," said Aneelah Afzali, executive director of the American Muslim empowerment network at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, speaking to the crowd. "It's a colossal failure."

"The people of Afghanistan have already suffered and endured so much," Afzali said. "These are people who risked their own safety, well-being and even lives to save U.S. troops. And now we are abandoning and betraying them in the worst possible way."

Saturday's event was organized by Afghans of Seattle, a new organization composed of young Afghan-Americans in the greater Seattle area, to condemn the killing of innocent Afghan people and respond to the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, amid the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops.

"The very least that we can do is welcome with open arms the Afghan refugees who are coming here to our country," Afzali said. "The tiny portion, the lucky few, who made it here after enduring so much. This is our responsibility."

Many speakers addressed the closing window of opportunity for those desperate to escape Afghanistan and implored rally attendees to do whatever they could to help.

"What is happening in Afghanistan is devastating," said Shugla Kakar with Afghans of Seattle. "We're trying to amplify Afghan voices and experiences, and push for urgent action by our federal, state and local leaders to help evacuate those at grave risk in Afghanistan while also supporting the incoming Afghan refugees in our state."

caption: Shugla Kakar, a founding member of Afghans of Seattle, leads a march of about 100 people standing in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, near Westlake Park in Seattle. "What is happening in Afghanistan is devastating," said Kakar. "We're trying to amplify Afghan voices and experiences, and push for urgent action by our federal, state and local leaders to help evacuate those at grave risk in Afghanistan while also supporting the incoming Afghan refugees in our state."
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Shugla Kakar, a founding member of Afghans of Seattle, leads a march of about 100 people standing in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, near Westlake Park in Seattle. "What is happening in Afghanistan is devastating," said Kakar. "We're trying to amplify Afghan voices and experiences, and push for urgent action by our federal, state and local leaders to help evacuate those at grave risk in Afghanistan while also supporting the incoming Afghan refugees in our state."
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: About 100 people attended a rally and march organized by Afghans of Seattle, a new organization composed of young Afghan-Americans in the greater Seattle area, to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
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About 100 people attended a rally and march organized by Afghans of Seattle, a new organization composed of young Afghan-Americans in the greater Seattle area, to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: About 100 people attended a rally and march organized by Afghans of Seattle, a new organization composed of young Afghan-Americans in the greater Seattle area, to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
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About 100 people attended a rally and march organized by Afghans of Seattle, a new organization composed of young Afghan-Americans in the greater Seattle area, to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: About 100 people attended a rally and march organized by Afghans of Seattle, a new organization composed of young Afghan-Americans in the greater Seattle area, to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
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About 100 people attended a rally and march organized by Afghans of Seattle, a new organization composed of young Afghan-Americans in the greater Seattle area, to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Zarby Kakar speaks to a crowd of about 100 people standing in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle. "We can never stop fighting for our people," said Kakar. "I remember as a refugee coming into this country, the greatest medicine that my mother and I received was meeting another Afghan. Do not forget your people," said Kakar.  "Welcome them with open arms."
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Zarby Kakar speaks to a crowd of about 100 people standing in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle. "We can never stop fighting for our people," said Kakar. "I remember as a refugee coming into this country, the greatest medicine that my mother and I received was meeting another Afghan. Do not forget your people," said Kakar. "Welcome them with open arms."
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: About 100 people attended a rally and march to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle. "What is happening in Afghanistan is devastating," said Shugla Kakar, with Afghans of Seattle. "We're trying to amplify Afghan voices and experiences, and push for urgent action by our federal, state and local leaders to help evacuate those at grave risk in Afghanistan while also supporting the incoming Afghan refugees in our state."
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About 100 people attended a rally and march to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle. "What is happening in Afghanistan is devastating," said Shugla Kakar, with Afghans of Seattle. "We're trying to amplify Afghan voices and experiences, and push for urgent action by our federal, state and local leaders to help evacuate those at grave risk in Afghanistan while also supporting the incoming Afghan refugees in our state."
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Rehan Noori, 11, center, attends a rally and march with about 100 people standing in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
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Rehan Noori, 11, center, attends a rally and march with about 100 people standing in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Angad Singh holds a sign that reads, 'Take in the refugees you create,' while attending a rally and march in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
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Angad Singh holds a sign that reads, 'Take in the refugees you create,' while attending a rally and march in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: About 100 people attended a rally and march to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle. "What is happening in Afghanistan is devastating," said Shugla Kakar, with Afghans of Seattle. "We're trying to amplify Afghan voices and experiences, and push for urgent action by our federal, state and local leaders to help evacuate those at grave risk in Afghanistan while also supporting the incoming Afghan refugees in our state."
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About 100 people attended a rally and march to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle. "What is happening in Afghanistan is devastating," said Shugla Kakar, with Afghans of Seattle. "We're trying to amplify Afghan voices and experiences, and push for urgent action by our federal, state and local leaders to help evacuate those at grave risk in Afghanistan while also supporting the incoming Afghan refugees in our state."
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: About 100 people attended a rally and march to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle. "What is happening in Afghanistan is devastating," said Shugla Kakar, with Afghans of Seattle. "We're trying to amplify Afghan voices and experiences, and push for urgent action by our federal, state and local leaders to help evacuate those at grave risk in Afghanistan while also supporting the incoming Afghan refugees in our state."
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About 100 people attended a rally and march to stand in solidarity with Afghans on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westlake Park in Seattle. "What is happening in Afghanistan is devastating," said Shugla Kakar, with Afghans of Seattle. "We're trying to amplify Afghan voices and experiences, and push for urgent action by our federal, state and local leaders to help evacuate those at grave risk in Afghanistan while also supporting the incoming Afghan refugees in our state."
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer