At the end of August, the Red Cross offered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assistance to people who failed to flee Afghanistan in time. The ministry did not accept this offer. reports de Volkskrant Wednesday. Among other things, psychosocial help was offered to those left behind and the setting up of helplines.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the aid was not necessary, because the department would have ‘its own people’ for this. “We have paid a lot of attention to this, because many employees have been confronted with very difficult circumstances,” the ministry said de Volkskrant know. It also cooperates with the Ministry of Defence. There has “never been any question” of a role for the Red Cross in this.
Former chairman of the military union AFPM Anne-Marie Snels mentions not accepting the offer against de Volkskrant “disgraceful and very unwise”. Opposition parties GroenLinks, PvdA and SP have asked for clarification.
The Afghan capital, Kabul, fell to the Taliban in mid-August after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country shortly before. In the next two weeks, thousands of Afghans were evacuated via the international airport, which was still managed by US military personnel. The Netherlands also relieved several nationals and Afghans who had worked in the country for the Dutch mission. At the end of August, the airlift with Kabul was terminated.
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