A British man who went to Afghanistan to rescue his wife and child as the Taliban re-seized control of the war-torn country has said they still “haven’t heard anything yet” regarding their evacuation
A British man who went to Afghanistan to rescue his family when it was retaken by the Taliban claims they are still waiting to be evacuated a month later.
The dad, who the BBC refers to as Ahmed to protect his identity, said he had gone to Kabul to save his wife and child when the situation imploded as US-led coalition forces withdrew.
Ahmed said he was given a reference number after registering with the Foreign Office, but a month on they still “haven’t heard anything yet”.
The taxi driver from Liverpool said there have been five bombs near where he lives in the past couple of days, and leaving the house for food has also become too risky.
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“If I say we are only breathing at the moment [it] isn’t a lie,” he told BBC North West Tonight.
“We cannot even leave our homes for food because of a horrendous situation outside.
“As a British national we should have been evacuated by now,” he said.
“It’s been over a month now.”
The family have kept changing addresses to disguise that they were among the thousands of desperate Afghans who tried to flee to escape the Taliban rule.
Ahmed’s friend in Liverpool described him as “petrified”, especially as he fears becoming an easy target because living in the UK has “westernised” him.
The Taliban dramatically regained control of Kabul on August 15, with the Afghan government collapsing in almost no time as US and UK troops controversially withdrew.
The troops’ withdrawal put an end to a 20-year war waged by the US and allied forces in retaliation for the Al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 people.
The Mirror has contacted the Foreign Office for comment.