DOHA (Reuters) – Afghans who fled their nation this week have spoken about their despair at leaving family members behind and the unsure future forward of them after the Taliban’s fast takeover.
The Taliban advance has led to a mass evacuation of Afghans and foreigners amid fears of reprisals and a return to a harsh interpretation of Islamic legislation.
“It was very troublesome to go away my nation,” a veiled girl informed Reuters in Doha, Qatar. “I really like my nation.”
She defined that earlier than the Taliban arrived, she had by no means anticipated to go anyplace.
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The lady mentioned she fled together with her husband, a dentist, and three youngsters, fearing that her work with worldwide humanitarian organisations would make them a Taliban goal.
She described traumatic scenes at Kabul airport as 1000’s clamoured to board evacuation flights.
At one level when the gang tried to hurry into the airport, she recalled, a person standing subsequent to her was shot within the leg by “navy individuals”. Reuters was not in a position to independently confirm the declare.
“It was simply surprising and I did not know what ought to I do.”
The lady is one in every of a number of hundred evacuees briefly housed in a residential compound in Doha visited by Reuters.
The Qatar authorities is internet hosting 1000’s of evacuees till they’ll enter a 3rd nation.
A person on the compound informed Reuters he was not hopeful that the Taliban would hold their guarantees, which have included respecting girls’s rights and an amnesty for individuals who labored within the authorities or with foreigners.
“Probably the most disturbing half is that there’s not lots of hope for the long run,” mentioned the person, who arrived in Doha this week along with his spouse, three youngsters, dad and mom and two sisters.
The person, a lawyer, mentioned he feared that if he had stayed in Afghanistan he would have additionally grow to be a goal of the Taliban, partly due to his work with worldwide firms.
“It will be a really, very totally different and difficult life forward of us,” he mentioned.
The Afghans Reuters spoke to in Doha all requested anonymity as a consequence of considerations for relations nonetheless in Afghanistan.
“It is not straightforward as a result of they aren’t protected,” the person mentioned.
“There’s lots of expectation on me to assist them get out of there and at instances you actually see your self being actually helpless.”
One other man, a second-year college legislation pupil, spoke of looting by the Taliban as they took management of Kabul and mentioned he had seen armed militants intimidate individuals on their approach to the airport.
Evacuated to Qatar along with his sister, he doesn’t know the way he’ll be capable of full his research. He left behind his spouse, whom he married in a video name earlier than evacuating.
“Our minds are again house as a result of our households stay. My spouse is there. My dad and mom are there, my siblings. I simply hope they’re evacuated … in case that does not occur and issues go mistaken, I believe I’d make up my thoughts and want to return.”
(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Modifying by Giles Elgood)
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