torsdag 26. august 2021

Afghanistan: Where will refugees go after Taliban takeover?

Thousands of people are scrambling to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban seized back control of the country, almost two decades after they were ousted by a US-led coalition. The surge in numbers trying to leave comes on top of the 2.2 million Afghan refugees already in neighbouring countries and 3.5 million people forced to flee their homes within Afghanistan's borders.

At the moment, the exact numbers are unclear - but we do have some detail on how many people have been airlifted out of the country. On Wednesday, the US said it had facilitated the evacuation of more than 80,000 people from Kabul airport, currently the only operational one in the country, since 14 August - although it's not clear how many of those were Afghan nationals.The UK Ministry of Defence says it has flown out over 10,000 of those people and that more than 6,000 of them were Afghan nationals.

The German government says 4,500 people have left the country on its flights out of Kabul. Around 3,700 of them were Afghans, including local journalists and human rights activists, and about half of that number were women and girls.