Wellington, New Zealand (AP) —A pregnant New Zealand journalist is now stuck in Afghanistan after she turned to Tullivan for help and her home country prevented her from returning due to a bottleneck in people with the coronavirus quarantine system. Say you are.
In a column published in The New Zealand Herald on Saturday, Charlotte Bellis said it was “cruelly ironic” that she once asked the Taliban about them. Treatment of women And she was now asking her government the same question.
“When the Taliban provide you-a pregnant unmarried woman-a safe haven, you know your situation is being ruined,” Belis wrote in her column.
New Zealand’s COVID-19 response minister, Chris Hipkins, told Herald that his office had asked officials to confirm that they were following proper procedures in the case of Belis.
New Zealand managed to maintain Virus spread Minimized during a pandemic, only 52 viral deaths have been reported in a population of 5 million.
But the national requirement that even returning citizens spend 10 days in isolation at a military-run quarantine hotel has led to the backlog of thousands of people who want to compete for the spot and return home.
The story of a citizen left abroad in a dire situation has caused embarrassment to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and his government, but the situation in Belis is particularly impressive.
Last year she worked in Al Jazeera and received international attention by addressing the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and asking Taliban leaders about the treatment of women and girls.
In a Saturday column, Belis said he returned to Qatar in September and discovered that he was pregnant with New York Times contributor partner Jim Filbroke, a freelance photographer.
She described her pregnancy as a “miracle” after her doctor had previously told her she couldn’t give birth. She will give birth to a girl in May.
Extramarital sex is illegal in Qatar, and Belis said she realized she needed to leave. She tried many times to return to New Zealand with a lottery-style system for returnees, but with no success.
She resigned from Al Jazeera in November and said the couple had moved to Huylebroek’s home country of Belgium. But she wasn’t a resident, so she couldn’t stay long, she said. She said the only other place where the couple had a visa to live in was Afghanistan.
Bellis said she had spoken to the Taliban’s senior contacts who told her that it would be okay if she returned to Afghanistan.
“Tell people that you are married. If it escalate, call us. Don’t worry,” Belis told her.
She sent 59 documents to New Zealand authorities in Afghanistan, stating that they refused to apply for an emergency return.
Chris Bunny, co-head of New Zealand’s controlled quarantine and quarantine system, told Herald that Belis’s emergency application did not meet her requirement to travel within 14 days.
He said the staff contacted Belis about creating another application that fits the requirements.
“This is not uncommon and is an example of a team that helps New Zealanders in dire situations,” Bunny wrote.
Pregnancy could be sentenced to death in Afghanistan due to poor maternity care and lack of surgical capacity, Bellis said.
After talking to New Zealand lawyers, politicians and spokespersons, she said she had not yet been approved to return, but her proceedings seemed to be moving forward again.