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Seven died in the crowds outside Kabul Airport

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The situation at Kabul’s airport is said to be calm today after at least seven people died

therein chaotic scenes on Saturday thousands of people gathered outside the
the airport in Afghanistan’s capital trying to leave the country after the Taliban took

power there one week ago our chief international correspondent lis Doucet
has arrived there and sent us this report it hits you like a brick as soon

as you put your foot on the tarmac at Kabul international airport the intensity
the urgency the darkness of this hour in every direction I look is the huge gray

military transport planes from the united states and many other countries militaries

helicopters in the sky and heading toward every single plane a long queue of afghans

the lines don’t seem to end told they can only bring one suitcase the clothes they’re wearing

As they leave their country behind the country is now control by the Taliban but it’s not

just a country they’re leaving behind the life they lived and for the young educated

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has urged all countries, especially European countries, to take in some Afghan refugees image source https://www.aljazeera.com/

Generation the life they built up the dreams they cherished over 20 years this whole scene

here is so orderly and calm but just beyond this perimeter thousands of more afghans

so said to be 14 000 inside this airfield control By the u.s military waiting to board

another 10 000 and more outside a crush of people wanting to leave however they can no

one wanted this moment expected this moment will forget this moment Sengupta is the

defense and security editor for the British newspaper the independent he was at Kabul

Airport on Saturday and he told us about the deaths that took place there well it was going to happen

sooner or later I suppose rather there have been deaths before but not so um not so many and
and not in front of us so what basically happened was there was a surge of people
adding to the very very large numbers already there And the surge was partly prompt

by statements made by politicians in London Washington which seemed to make people

feel that the evacuation that’s going on now might be that might end early so that led

to basically panic being piled on top of panic and we those journalist are here

A Taliban delegation led by the head of the negotiating team Anas Haqqani, centre right, meeting with former Afghan government officials including former president Hamid Karzai, centre left [Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan/AFP] image source https://www.aljazeera.com/

uh started getting phone calls from our afghan friends and afghan colleagues Um even

more worried than they were saying they’re going to make their way to the airport well

With so much focus on the situation at the airport the u.n refugee agency has urged
the international community not to ignore the plight of millions of desperate Afghans
elsewhere in the country, Catherine stuberfield is the spokesperson for the humanitarian

A crisis is deepening in Afghanistan at the moment that’s very much an internal

displacement crisis we’re not seeing large-scale movements across borders now, of course,

the united nations are more prepared for these challenges as of today unhcr still has

around 200 staff on the ground in Afghanistan we have access to all provinces we’re able to

operate in about two-thirds of districts but what we really need is much more international

support at this point and That means not focusing only on the worrying situation in Kabul
airport and the few that may be able to evacuate from the country but rather the 40

million Afghans living there in total and half of them are in need

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