Daily US Times: The co-founder of accommodation platform AirBnB has said that there is still time for firms to “speak up and help” Afghans being displaced by the current humanitarian crisis
It comes after AirBnB promised to provide free temporary lodging for 20,000 refugees.
Relatively few companies have offered help in the crisis so far, but Brian Chesky said he expected more would feel “compelled” to.
The tech boss said: “I do think nearly every business can help in their own way.”
“And the time is now – it’s not just helping, it’s helping quickly because if people are displaced and need to be resettled, every hour counts.”
AirBnB co-founder told the BBC the displacement of Afghan people fleeing the Taliban was “the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time”.
However, he couldn’t say how long refugees would be able to stay with AirBnB hosts. He only said that it “is really up to how long our hosts can house them and also the need”.
He said most of these Afghan refugees are not looking for long-term housing, rather they are looking for a temporary housing before they decide where they want to live.
“And there’s a pretty extensive protocol to work with the settlement agencies to figure out where they actually want to start their lives… but you know I want to make sure we can go as big as possible for these people.”
Since Taliban took control over Afghanistan, the company has put up about 200 Afghan refugees in its listed properties, leading to questions and speculations about whether it will be able hit its 20,000 pledge.
But Mr Chesky said his company had successfully offered homes to 225,000 frontline workers during the pandemic.