Airbnb to host over 20,000 Afgan Refugees
Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes in Afghanistan and this has been attributed to massive conflicts that have been going on in Afghanistan. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky took to social media on Tuesday to state that the company felt a responsibility to step up and help with one of the biggest
humanitarian crises of our time.
“Starting today, Airbnb will begin housing 20,000 Afghan refugees globally for free,” he wrote.
He said Airbnb would be paying for the stays and is working closely with organizations on the ground to support the most pressing needs. Brian thanked the generosity of the hosts involved and requested them to reach out and contact him to ease the burden of refugees.
The waves of people escaping the rule of the Taliban have been immense. According to the United Nations, around 3.5 million Afghans have been displaced.
Airbnb encourages its hosts to donate stays at their properties during times of crisis. Airbnb.org, an independent nonprofit that works with Airbnb for this
purpose says it has helped 75,000 people find places to stay in times of crisis since 2012.