Afghanistan: People at Kabul airport flee Taliban

Taliban forces successfully surrounded the Afghan capital; Kabul on Sunday (15/8/2021) as the United States (US) was evacuating diplomats from its embassy by helicopter. Taliban Successfully Enter Afghanistan’s Capital

 

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The intensity; the urgency; the darkness of this hour. In every direction; there are the huge grey military transport planes from the US and many other countries. Military helicopters are in the sky.

Heading towards every single plane are long queues of Afghans. The lines don’t seem to end. They have been told they can only bring one suitcase and the clothes they are wearing; as they leave their country behind – the country now controlled by the Taliban.

But it’s not just the country they are leaving. They are leaving behind the life they lived; and for the young educated generation; the life they built up; the dreams they cherished over 20 years.

There are said to be 14;000 people inside this airfield; controlled by US military; waiting to board.

 

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Freelance journalist Bilal Sarwary was among those who made it onto the airfield; having left behind everything he had worked so hard to build; save for a few pairs of clothes and his young family.

Sarwary; a former BBC journalist; had planned to raise his daughter – named Sola; meaning “peace” – in his home country; the place he has spent 20 years covering; starting as a fixer and translator in 2001.

Instead; he is hoping she will one day understand the decision he has made to leave.

“Today’s the day that a generation of Afghans have buried their dreams and aspirations and our lives;” he said.