A London household who travelled to Afghanistan for a marriage this summer season has spoken of their nightmare of being stranded in Kabul.
Sabrallah Zahiri and his kinfolk flew to Afghanistan from Heathrow on 19 July and had been as a consequence of return this Monday. As a substitute they’re caught, peering from their condo window in worry on the Taliban outdoors.
Mr Zahiri, from Hounslow, mentioned he tried to depart however had his automobile stolen at gunpoint.
He advised Sky Information: “They mentioned ‘it’s important to give me the important thing’. I mentioned ‘why, it is my very own automobile not the federal government’s automobile?’ they usually mentioned ‘we do not care’ they usually put a gun to my head and I mentioned okay, take it.”
The marriage, on 8 August, was attended by 11 British nationals, together with two kids aged two and eight. There are additionally two newlywed brides with visas to stay within the UK.
All 13 are attempting to get again.
Mr Zahiri mentioned he had been involved with the British consulate and was advised to remain put till they get in contact with additional particulars. He mentioned: “I simply hold making an attempt to name them they usually simply say ‘it’s important to wait, it’s important to wait’. However I do not know for a way lengthy.”
They’ve filmed the Taliban from their window and a few members of the family may be heard getting more and more upset as gunmen climb over fences in direction of them.
In a information convention on Tuesday, the Taliban said: “We want the world to trust us.” However their very own individuals are dwelling in worry.
We spoke to the sister of a British nationwide who, after her father died, now lives in an all-women family in Kabul.
Ladies worry that below Taliban rule they aren’t allowed to depart dwelling and not using a man, and due to this fact nobody is ready to even exit to purchase meals.
The mom and 4 sisters aged 25 to 45 have locked themselves in for 4 days, afraid of how they are going to be handled by the brand new rulers.
Their different sister Maria Mohmoodi-Karimzad, who lives in Hounslow in west London, mentioned: “In your personal nation, in your homeland, you possibly can’t get out of your home alone as a girl, as a result of there is no such thing as a man. The place’s the human rights? The place’s the ladies’s rights?”
The Taliban say they may uphold girls’s rights, inside their interpretation of Islamic texts, and because it stands there’s not a lot the worldwide neighborhood can do aside from hope girls may have freedoms.
Abdul Ahmedi who runs a dry cleaners in Chiswick, west London, additionally has mother and father and siblings in Afghanistan. He believes western governments haven’t any selection now however to work with the Taliban.
He advised Sky Information: “They’ve to assist them the best way they helped the earlier authorities. They’ve spent trillions over there and a lot of the cash has gone to the battle.
“Now they need to interact with the Taliban, not for the sake of the Taliban, however for the Afghan folks – as a result of they do not should be remoted the best way they had been after the battle with the Soviet Union.”
These are essential days for these making an attempt to get out and for many who cannot, anxiously ready to see what is going to grow to be of their nation.