Afghan MP Rahima Jami, who was among the people evacuated from Kabul, met with Sejm Marshal Elżbieta Witek and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak. – Everything was taken from us, all our belongings were taken from us, our houses were taken, our lives were taken. We were left in clothes only – said Jami at the press conference. – Thank you for the help that you have given Afghans in this evacuation mission in recent days, for saving many lives – she said.
On Monday afternoon, Sejm Marshal Elżbieta Witek and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak met with Afghan MP Rahima Jami, who was among the people evacuated from Kabul during the evacuation mission of Polish soldiers in Afghanistan.
– I would like to thank the Polish state for 20 years of work, dedication and help that the Polish state has brought to Afghans – said Rahim Jami at a press conference after the meeting. – Thank you for the help that you have given Afghans in this evacuation mission in recent days, for saving many lives. First of all, I would like to thank the Polish army and soldiers for their help and for saving the Afghans. If it weren’t for your help, if it weren’t for your work and dedication, I wouldn’t be here alive with you, she admitted.
– Everything was taken from us, all our belongings were taken from us, our clothes were taken from us, our houses were taken from us, our lives were taken from us. We were left in clothes only – she said. – Today I had to buy clothes to be able to come to you. I had nothing, she admitted.
Rahima Jami: I am pleadingly spreading my hands asking for help
She stressed that Afghanistan has now turned into a country ruled by terrorists. Jami said that “there are young people in Afghanistan who would like to fight, would like democracy, would like peace, peace for their homeland”. – Many people, including soldiers, lost their lives to build Afghanistan because of the great goal we had. What was our NATO international coalition effort to see the Taliban seize power over Afghanistan in 15 days? – she said.
– I wonder, I wanted to ask NATO, the Americans: what happened? How did it happen that Afghanistan fell so quickly into the hands of the enemy Taliban? What happened to this twenty-year effort? – she asked. – In 15 days, all power passed to the Taliban. Behind all this is the president and his entourage. During the few years of his presidency, we lost many troops, and thousands of children and women suffered. At the moment, President Ghani and his entourage are not in Afghanistan, they have taken refuge somewhere abroad, ‘she said. – However, I believe that it is impossible to defeat the country and destroy and plunge us to the end. I would very much like the international community to punish President Ghani and his entourage for their omissions, she added.
– I would like to see any response from NATO members, America, to give some hope to the people who are there; for women whose children are in this country. What will you do after these 20 years when so much sacrifice, effort and sacrifice has been put into this country? Will we be ready to squander it all and go back to zero? – she asked.
– I would like it very much if Afghanistan could fix it all. Once again, I am begging you, pleading for help, asking you to give us some help – she called with tears in her eyes.
Błaszczak: the situation in Afghanistan is a challenge for the entire free world
The head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, said that “the situation that is taking place in Afghanistan now is a challenge for the entire free world”.
– When there was such a need, Poland organized a contingent, we sent soldiers, we sent planes to evacuate all those who felt threatened, all who cooperated with the soldiers of the Polish Army who cooperated with Polish diplomacy – he said. He recalled that Poland also assisted in the evacuation of collaborators of NATO allies.
He stressed that the information obtained from Jami was first-hand information, as she had held a mandate for three terms and knew exactly what the conditions of Afghans were today. He said her testimony “is extremely important to the future of Afghanistan and the free world as a whole.”
Elżbieta Witek: Afghans cannot be left completely alone
– I know that the Honorable Member is in a very difficult situation, that it is a very difficult time not only for her, but for a great many Afghans who, during these 20 years, believed that it is possible to build a democratic, free state in which everyone will feel comfortable. they could feel safe. For 20 years, the international community was involved in Afghanistan, including Poles, said the Marshal of the Sejm at the conference.
During the meeting, she pointed out that Poles perfectly understand what it means to live in a free country and then lose independence. – We both agreed that we must never lose hope, this hope must always be in us – said Witek.
She added that the Afghans cannot be left alone at the moment. – It would be a waste of 20 years of hard work, but most of all it was 20 years in which many soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan – Poles, Americans, soldiers of other nationalities – said Witek.
– I understand what you are going through, I sympathize with this situation because I know that it is very difficult. 20 years of construction and two weeks was enough to bring the country under Taliban rule. This is incomprehensible for the Afghans, and probably also for us – she added.
– We all wish that the Afghans could one day wake up and say that they live in a free, dream homeland, where there is a law, where people are not afraid of anything, in which they live peacefully and safely – she said.
Main photo source: PAP / Albert Zawada