Clarissa Ward is a journalist for the North American network CNN. His face was hedge emblem of the crisis unleashed in Afghanistan after the emergence of power by the Taliban.
In the first person, he told the desperate struggle of thousands of people to leave Kabul. After days of tension, it was she who managed to flee this Friday on a US military plane.
“On our flight and getting ready for take off”Ward wrote on his Twitter account, accompanied by a photo of hundreds of people inside the plane. Some managed to go seated and others directly they waited standing, as if they were traveling in a bus.
With his works, Ward sought to relate the tension that exists in Afghanistan with the return to power of the Taliban. He collected testimonies and showed the fear of many citizens in the face of possible reprisals. During one of those coverages it was intimidated by soldiers with guns.
Through his Twitter account, Ward recounted the fate of those who tried to escape the internal chaos of the country and the militarized and chaotic airport to take refuge anywhere.
CNN journalist Clarissa Ward recounted from the inside what it was like to flee Afghanistan again under Taliban power – Photo Twitter @clarissaward
The CNN correspondent showed, for example, how it was harassed by taliban while she went out live interviewing Afghan citizens.
After these outstanding broadcasts, Ward slept, waited, prayed and worried like one more local at the airport waiting for a safe departure. He did it sleeping on the cobblestones, cold, hoping to have a destination and that the United States military plane, the C17, could take off.
“Soldiers on the Kabul airport tarmac tell me there are 10,000 people here processed and ready to go … but nowhere to take them because Qatar refuses to accept more Afghans because they have reached their capacity. It is abysmal … someone he needs to step up, “the reporter wrote.
Always through social media, Lolwah Alkhater, spokeswoman for the Qatari Foreign Ministry, replied: “I can only talk about the evacuation missions of Qatar, they will continue! In the last 72 hours we evacuated more than 300 students, mostly women, and more than 200 members of the media staff; many of them with their families and children who are now safe in comfortable accommodation in Doha ”.
Meanwhile, the CNN correspondent kept counting. “The Afghan evacuees try to sleep on the gravel with C17 in the background. It’s a cold and incredibly noisy night, especially after 14 hours. An Afghan acquaintance tells me that ‘it is an insult to human dignity … I don’t know why the Americans are doing this.’
“The fourth bird (military plane) that we were supposed to get on has just been removed. It’s going to be a long night here, especially for those we’re talking to who have been here since last night. A woman just asked me for a blanket, so I gave her my scarf, “Ward said this Friday, waiting for what seemed impossible to happen: get on the plane and escape the terror.
“Ready to take off”, was the tweet published hours later, around 19:00 in Argentina, when she confirmed her place on the flight that would finally take her out of Afghanistan.