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Influencer hails ‘good’ in people after raising millions for Afghans


A 25-year-old social media influencer has hailed the good in people after his campaign raised millions to help at-risk Afghans escape the Taliban takeover. Tommy Marcus’ GoFundMe page Flyaway: Emergency Afghan Rescue Mission has raised more than six million US dollars (£4.4 million) since its launch on Tuesday evening, including five million dollars in its first 24 hours. The money is going towards flights, at a cost of 550,000 dollars per round trip, to bring home Afghans in need who – according to the American fundraiser – are on the Taliban’s “kill list”, such as human rights lawyers, journalists and interpreters and their families.

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