Germany says it helped 21,000 people get out of Afghanistan


Berlin — The German government has succeeded in expelling more than 21,000 former local employees and other endangered species from Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power almost a year ago, Germany’s foreign minister said Thursday. rice field.

But about 10,000 people are still waiting for the opportunity to escape with German support, Annalena Baerbock told reporters in Berlin. These are primarily people on the so-called “human rights list” and are therefore at particular risk. So far, only half of this group has been able to leave Afghanistan.

People leaving Afghanistan, primarily via Pakistan, make up about two-thirds of those authorized to enter Germany, Bearbock said.

These include Afghanistan who worked as local employees in Germany and Afghanistan who were involved in Afghan democracy and human rights efforts.

In particular, about 75% of local employees were able to retire. In addition, almost all Germans and their families have left the country.

The minister lamented that Afghanistan’s economic and humanitarian crises continued to worsen and that human rights were severely restricted.

“The bottom line is that the lives of the people of Afghanistan have deteriorated dramatically in the last few months,” Baerbock said.

One of the main obstacles that keeps people from escaping Afghanistan is that the Taliban require people to show their passports to those who want to leave the country by plane. Neighboring countries also claim visas, which can be expensive and require you to own a passport.

“Unfortunately, the difficulty of getting people out of Afghanistan remains unfortunately, and that’s why simply providing support in the field remains our main mission,” the minister said.

Associated Press