A new video posted to Facebook shows Canadian special forces ignoring what appear to be Afghan refugees – with Canadian exit documents – desperate to enter the airport in the latest wave of evacuation flights before the states -Unis will withdraw from Kabul airport on August 1. 31.
Cell phone videos show several Afghans standing in the water begging three Canadian soldiers, who wear the maple leaf flag on their uniforms, to let them into airport security.
“They completely ignore our messages, our cries and our cries and no one is going to take care of us,” said one man.
The Canadian government asked former Afghan translators and support staff, who worked for the Canadian military and diplomats, to wear red at the airport so they could be more easily identified.
“We watched for the last three hours. We have approved visas, but no one is going to look after us, ”the man said. “We are waiting for the Canadian guys. We show them our documents and ask them to at least help us out. “
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Jasteena Dhillon, a professor and lawyer who helps Afghan evacuees and who has worked in Afghanistan for NGOs, told The Globe on Wednesday that she had brought Afghans into the airport with printed copies of their facilitation letter giving them permission to seek asylum in Canada. . But she said they had been turned away and only Canadian passport holders were accepted at this point.
Kevin Newman, a retired journalist who worked to help evacuate the Afghans, said people on the ground in Kabul tell him only a small contingent of Canadian troops can now be seen at Hamid Karzai Airport.
“Our eyes and ears waiting for a rescue say no Canadian army has been seen today [Wednesday] to protect them and guide them through the treatment area, ”Newman said.
He said it seems to those on the ground that Canada’s military presence has been reduced and only a small contingent remains.
Mr Newman said the word among Afghans awaiting evacuation is that the Federal Immigration Department very recently issued a large number of exit visas, but that effort was thwarted by the Taliban, who warned Tuesday that he would stop a new exodus of Afghan nationals.
“The Taliban prevented them all from entering the airport waiting area,” he said.
He said that among those prevented from approaching the airport there were documents which appear to be Canadian.
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