A meme artist has raised over $4 million (£2.9m) in just one day to help rescue Afghans on the Taliban’s kill list.
Tommy Marcus, AKA @Quentin.Quarantino, typically posts anti-capitalist and anti-billionaire content, and has launched several successful fundraising campaigns this year – he collected over $1 million for Planned Parenthood, an non-profit organisation that provides reproductive healthcare in the US – but none have reached the heights of his most recent effort.
In just the first 38 minutes of launching his Flyaway: Emergency Afghan Rescue Mission GoFundMe page, 11,000 people had donated $550,000, prompting Marcus to up the goal amount to $1.1 million. In the 15 hours or so since, he’s had to raise the goal several more times, and at the time of writing the campaign has reached an incredible $4,033,430 million of its $4,400,000 million target.
“We are coming to you in desperation to conduct an emergency flight rescue of 300+ Afghan souls,” Marcus says on the page. “I have been working alongside humanitarian aid groups, decorated military veterans, and activists on the ground in Kabul, fighting to save people who otherwise have no chance at survival in the Taliban-occupied Kabul.”
“The individuals in question are high-value targets – Afghan men and women who have worked as human rights lawyers, champions of women’s and LGBTQ+ rights, journalists, government liaisons, artists, and interpreters – all of whom are at imminent risk of being executed by the Taliban, along with their families. We will be taking full family units.”
He adds that the Talbin has a “kill list” and are reportedly going door to door “searching for these people” and “killing them on site”. The original $550,000 target was needed to fuel two airplanes to fly in and out of Kabul to another country – if the new target of over $4 million is reached, enough money will be available for 16 trips with a capacity of over 300 to fly people to safety.
“The amount of impact this is going to have and lives it will save is so mesmerising that no words I can put into this tweet will do it justice,” Marcus wrote on Twitter, adding: “We are making sure everyone we know is accounted for and have proper names, identifications, and access to the airport. We’re working with multiple groups to make sure those folks are vetted and sponsored.”
If you’d like to donate to the GoFundMe, you can do so here.