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AISD is welcoming Afghan students and families through its Refugee Family Support Services Office. (Bob Daemmrich)

In light of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, Austin ISD announced the district is welcoming newly-arrived Afghan refugee students and their families on Wednesday.

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Austin's Afghan Community met in front of the Texas Capitol with signs and speeches to share. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

Chanting "we want our family here now" and holding signs that read "#SaveAfghanWomen" or "#SanctionPakistan," dozens of Afghan Austinites gathered in front of the Texas Capitol to make a plea to save their families and raise local awareness for the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.

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Refugee Services of Texas is resettling even more Afghans in Texas—planning to bring 574 total refugees by Sept. 30 of this year.

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Haroon Abassy (center) served with the U.S. Army and Afghan Army for more than seven years. (Courtesy of Haroon Abassy)

Haroon Abassy is safe from Taliban rule—he's been a U.S. citizen living in Austin for the last seven years—but his heart aches just the same to watch chaos erupt in his hometown of Kabul, Afghanistan, from thousands of miles away.

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