The evacuations from Afghanistan are in full swing, but time is running out. A Munich resident is desperately fighting to get his loved ones back from Kabul. You’re stuck.
Kabul / Munich – US President Joe Biden has made it unmistakably clear that the evacuation flights from Kabul will end on August 31 – and the Bundeswehr may even be forced to stop the rescue flights as early as Friday. Horror news for Samira (44) from Munich and her German-born daughters Ayla (12) and Liah (5, all names changed). You are still stuck in Afghanistan. Trusting the Western promises that Kabul would not be conquered by the Taliban for months, they wanted to visit their family living there one last time during the summer vacation (we reported).
Although the two girls have a German passport and they have been on the evacuation lists of the Foreign Office (AA) for at least a week, they have still not heard from the German authorities. After several unsuccessful attempts to get to the airport, they wait for help in a house in Kabul – terrified of the Taliban.
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In her government statement on Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised that the evacuations would continue “as long as possible”. In addition, the government will “not shy away from holding talks with the Taliban so that” as much as possible of the changes we have achieved in Afghanistan over the past 20 years is preserved “. It’s been bitter, but “the Taliban are now a reality in Afghanistan”.
Words that drive Samira’s husband Baran, who stayed in Munich and who has been fighting for the evacuation of his wife and daughters for days, even deeper into despair: “With every call my heart almost stops, because I hope that the redeeming one The news comes – but it doesn’t. ”He only phoned his wife that morning, who still had no messages from the German embassy or other offices.
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“I didn’t have the heart to tell her that the evacuation flights will end so soon,” Baran tells us. His wife hardly gets any news from Germany – the electricity in the house in Kabul is mostly off. If nothing happens by the beginning of next week, he will fly to Pakistan and then try on his own to free his family from the Taliban’s clutches.
Samira’s fate is not an isolated incident: According to the Foreign Office, there are still more than 200 Germans in Kabul, plus relatives with a right of residence. Overall, there is still a “high four-digit or low five-digit number” of vulnerable people in Kabul who are fundamentally eligible for evacuation. 4654 people have so far been flown out by the Bundeswehr. (Klaus Rimpel)