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How Instagram star helped rescue dozens from Afghanistan
by Haleluya Hadero and Glenn Gamboa, AP Business Writers

The Associated Press    Translate This Article
28 August 2021

On 28 August 2021 The Associated Press reported: Dozens of desperate Afghans who had been trying to flee the Taliban before Tuesday's deadline for the U.S. withdrawal from Kabul made it to safety with help from an unexpected place: Instagram influencer Quentin Quarantino. Quarantino is the alter ego of 25-year-old Tommy Marcus of New York City, previously best-known for his liberal memes .... Along with his followers, Quarantino raised $7 million within days on GoFundMe to launch rescue missions into Afghanistan to evacuate as many people as possible. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of world peace, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

More than 121,000 people had donated to the campaign after Marcus made an appeal to his 832,000 followers, making it one of the largest humanitarian fundraisers in GoFundMe's history.

... A spokesperson for the State Department wrote in an emailed statement that the department appreciates 'community-led efforts to support the Afghan relocation and resettlement process, which reflects the generosity of the American people and the international community.'

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