A doctor from the Afghan capital Kabul, who wishes to remain anonymous, describes the situation in Afghanistan and urges the international community to help people leave the country.
By Devin Watkins
Evacuations from Afghanistan are accelerating, with more than 2,200 diplomats and other civilians evacuated from the country on Wednesday, according to a Western security official quoted by Reuters news agency.
Civilian flights have been halted, but foreign governments are working quickly to get their citizens and the Afghans who worked with them out of Kabul after the country fell to the Taliban over the weekend.
The Taliban, meanwhile, promise to respect women’s rights “within the framework of Islamic law,” according to the group’s spokesperson at a press conference on Tuesday.
Reports on the ground indicate that local Afghans are unsure of their future prospects.
Uncertain future in Afghanistan
A Kabul doctor, speaking anonymously to Vatican News, said local lives were at risk, adding that most people were prevented from leaving Afghanistan.
He cited press reports as proof that foreign governments understand what the future holds under the Taliban, as they seek to evacuate their citizens and the Afghans who worked with them. “It means there is a lot of pressure on them,” he noted.
“Thousands of people are waiting outside the airport without passports or visas,” he said. “They’re taking them out of Kabul and all of Afghanistan.
Britain has announced plans to settle up to 5,000 Afghans within a year, most of whom will be women, girls and religious minorities. Around 20,000 Afghans will be welcomed to the UK over the next few years.
Germany says it plans to evacuate up to 10,000 people, including Afghan support personnel and human rights activists.
Call for help to escape
The Kabul doctor also expressed doubts about his future prospects.
“I think it will be worse for me,” he said. “There is a lot of pressure on me, my family and everyone here. “
He said he hopes to flee Afghanistan and asked his colleagues to help him do so.
When asked what he wants to say to the world, there is no hesitation in his voice.
“Please support us! ” he said. “I think the world knows what the future holds. We have to help people get out of here!