The Taliban allow a pregnant New Zealand journalist “safe shelter” after the Ardan government refuses her return visa


A pregnant New Zealand (NZ) journalist said she needed to seek help from the Taliban after her country refused to grant travel exemptions due to COVID-19’s strict border controls. ..

and Column published in The New Zealand Herald On Saturday, former Al Jazeera journalist Charlotte Bellis said she discovered she was pregnant in Qatar, where non-marriage sex is illegal.

She then contacted the Taliban and asked if she and her partner Jim Filbroke were the only place to live in Afghanistan and would be welcomed as an unmarried pregnant woman.

“We are happy with you, you can come, and you have no problems,” Belis said in response to her request, citing Taliban officials. “They said again,’Don’t worry. Everything will be better.'”

“When the Taliban provide you-a pregnant unmarried woman-a safe haven, you know your situation is being ruined.”

Bellis said he had sent 59 documents to New Zealand authorities in Afghanistan, but said he had invalidated the application for an emergency return. The reason is that the couple’s travel date was “more than 14 days” and could not prove that Belis had received time-critical routine treatment in New Zealand and could not receive the same treatment as where she was. is. In this case, it was Afghanistan.

“I wasn’t caused by disappointment and uncertainty, but by a breach of trust. When I needed it, the New Zealand government said you weren’t welcome here,” Belis wrote. rice field.

“I thought I looked back in August and asked the Taliban how cruel irony it was and what they would do to secure the rights of women and girls. And now I’m my own. I’m asking the government the same question. “

After publicizing her situation and preparing for a legal response, Belis said she had received a “one-sided” email from MIQ stating that the rejected application was under review.

New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins defends New Zealand’s strict border controls and puts them in New Zealand’s Controlled Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) for people in special circumstances like Belis. Said there is a place.

New Zealand’s state quarantine system is controversial as Kiwi faces growing criticism as it struggles to return to its country for MIQ lottery and urgent reasons.

New Zealand National Party Recently repeated their call To immediately end the MIQ requirements for the government to get stuck off the coast of vaccinated kiwi.

“In reality, risk has changed. Without a series of changing responses to the current environment … risk can go up and down. It’s essentially about risk management,” said state leader Christopher.・ L’accent said on Tuesday.

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Nina Nguyen is a Sydney-based Vietnamese reporter with a focus on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]