Afghans evacuated to Germany explain the horrifying sight of Kabul Airport


Frankfurt — Afghans arriving in Germany on Wednesday described the chaotic and horrifying sights at Kabul Airport before they evacuated safely, saying they were afraid of the lives of their loved ones.

Immediately after landing in Frankfurt by plane from Tashkent, men, women and children said they were part of a small number of lucky people evacuated by NATO forces after the country fell into the Taliban at an astonishing speed. I did.

A German-speaking woman said, “We had to force ourselves through, and my little son fell and was scared, but he did it.”

“Then the American man showed good intentions and realized that we were completely exhausted. He said he needed to take his passport and see if it was genuine. Then he said. “Everything is good, you may come in,” he said. The others behind me cried and lay down on the ground. I was scared. “

She, her son and husband, were some organized by Germany to rescue Afghans at risk from the Taliban rebels because they worked in NATO or Western-funded charities. Was at the beginning of the flight.

A veiled woman wiped her tears, another woman spoke on her cell phone, and a man sobbed while hugging his family and German friends who came to welcome them.

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People are waiting outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 17, 2021. (Stringer / Reuters)

None of the few who spoke to reporters mentioned their name or what they did in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, we are afraid of retaliation against families we will never meet again.

“Everyone wants it,” said the woman’s husband, speaking in German and carrying her son. “Every day is worse than the day before. We saved ourselves, but we couldn’t save our family.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a meeting of the Christian Democratic Party on Monday that Germany may need to allow asylum to about 10,000 Afghans who worked with German troops and development agencies, as well as human rights activists and lawyers. Said not.

German opposition criticizes the government for failing to predict the fall of Kabul to the Taliban and for the failure of a military adventure that has cost billions of euros and the lives of 59 German soldiers since 2001. is doing.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party has urged the government to set up a moratorium on asylum applications and take care of Afghan civilians in neighboring countries such as Pakistan.

At Frankfurt Airport, a young Afghans in red and white jackets talked about the joy of being in Germany.

“I was very anxious because my whole family was still there,” he said. “It wasn’t easy to leave them behind and come here. Some of me are still there. I’m very emotional, but otherwise I’m fine, thank God increase.”

The girl standing with her parents said in German: “It wasn’t good because when the soldiers fired, everyone started screaming scared.”

By Tilman Blasshofer