Afghanistan: Binationals feel safe but angry with West after landing in Doha

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Afghanistan: Binationals feel safe but angry with West after landing in Doha


They come into a wall of heat as they get off the plane.

Everyone looks tired, but their faces shine with relief.

All passengers on board the 777 made the difficult journey to safety from Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Many families were among those who arrived in Doha

Among them are many families; women carrying their children, too often asleep in their arms, oblivious to the agitation around them.

This is the second chartered flight carrying civilians to land in the Qatari capital Doha since the chaotic evacuation.

The desperate people who made this trip have been stranded in Kabul for days.

Most are dual nationals – Afghans with US, French, Canadian, Dutch or UK passports.

We meet Abdul from London, with his family; he tells me he feels safe now.

They were visiting his parents when Kabul suddenly fell into the hands of the Taliban and they found themselves trapped, unable to board the evacuation flights, despite several attempts to get to the airport.

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Many women bore children

He says the situation in Afghanistan is now “unpredictable and frightening”, not least because he cannot get his extended family out.

But he’s also frustrated with the West, especially America for abandoning the country.

“As a British citizen and also as an Afghan citizen, I have dual citizenship, I call on the international community, especially the countries involved in the conflict in Afghanistan and in the Afghan politics, they should not let the ‘Afghanistan alone,’ he says.

“All Afghans are angry. They should have done a lot better. They spent 20 years in Afghanistan and they left Afghanistan in the same place when they went there. “

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This is the second chartered flight carrying civilians to land in the Qatari capital Doha

It took days and intensive negotiations with the Taliban to get to this point.

More flights are expected in the coming days, provided the new regime continues to cooperate.

But it is a journey tinged with sadness and bitterness for the people who made the flight.

The desperate people who made the trip have been stranded in Kabul for days
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The desperate people who made the trip have been stranded in Kabul for days

Tired passengers have left behind friends, family and a broken country they love.

And of course the greatest tragedy of all; they don’t know when or if they can come back.

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