After the Taliban takes control of Afghanistan, thousands of Afghans are trying to leave the country fearing reprisals by Islamic militants. Some of them are trying to get to neighboring Pakistan. Satellite photos taken before and after the Taliban came to power show how the traffic at the border crossing at Spin Boldak was changing.
The Reuters Agency released satellite images from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Spin Boldak, southeast of Kandahar, on Sunday. The photo taken on August 2, several days before the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, shows that the road leading to the border Gate of Friendship is almost empty.
Another photo was taken on August 19 – four days after the Taliban entered Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. You can see a long line of cars on it. On August 24, before the border crossing, you can already see a crowd of people waiting for the possibility of crossing to a neighboring country.
Evacuation from Afghanistan
Western countries have evacuated their citizens from Afghanistan in recent days. Apart from them, Afghans who had cooperated with the Western military and diplomacy for years also left the capital. Thousands of Afghans who wanted to leave the country flocked to the airport gates.
However, the Reuters agency pointed out that those who did not get on the flight from Kabul or did not have the opportunity to get to the capital, but want to leave Afghanistan, are trying to cross the borders of the neighboring countries – Pakistan and Iran. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said there are currently 2.2 million Afghans with refugee status worldwide, most of whom have taken refuge in these two countries.
Main photo source: Reuters