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‘Simply the garments on me’: Afghans escape to new life in US

“WE WERE AFRAID”

Afghan evacuee Naim, a father of 5 who labored as a translator for the US military, instantly went into hiding when the Taliban seized the capital on Aug 15.

He and his household managed to flee to the airport, the place they spent three nights till a US plane flew them to the UAE.

“We have been afraid that they might kill us,” the 34-year-old informed AFP as he sat subsequent to his spouse, three daughters and two sons.

“I took my children’ garments solely and our IDs. We misplaced the whole lot, the carpets, the couches, the newborn garments. All gone,” he mentioned.

“I simply need my children to have life.”

Different mask-clad Afghan males, girls and youngsters have been gathered within the facility within the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, some sipping on small juice containers and others sitting on white chairs close to rooms bustling with medical workers.

They have been ready nervously earlier than heading to the airport to board a flight to the US.

A younger Afghan lady, in a black-gold sequence gown, patiently waited her flip for a medical verify up, swaying her legs backwards and forwards as she performed with a stuffed bear.

Dozens of others poured in, queueing on the entrance of the power, ready to be checked in by Emirati staff.

Gulf nations – together with the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar – which host US and different Western forces, have been instrumental in evacuation efforts, providing Afghans crucial passage to new lives in third nations.

The UAE mentioned on Thursday that it has helped evacuate 28,000 individuals from Afghanistan, including it was internet hosting 8,500 evacuees on a brief foundation till they head to the US inside days.

About 109,000 individuals have been flown in another country since Aug 14, the day earlier than the Taliban swept to energy, based on the US authorities.

Some nations – together with France, Britain and Spain – introduced an finish to their airlifts Friday, following different nations resembling Canada and Australia earlier within the week.

The United Nations mentioned it was bracing for a “worst-case state of affairs” of as much as half 1,000,000 extra refugees from Afghanistan by the top of 2021.

Regardless of Taliban guarantees of a softer type of rule, many Afghans concern a repeat of their brutal interpretation of Islamic regulation, in addition to reprisals in opposition to these working with international militaries, Western missions or the earlier US-backed authorities.

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