LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — As more members of the U.S. Military continue to evacuate Afghanistan at Kabul’s International Airport, many are worried about what might happen next.
WFXR News’ Amanda Lee spoke with one man trying to escape Kabul and a Liberty University graduate trying to help him.
While working as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Pilot in Afghanistan early this year, Elsa Klarich became friends with a worker at one of the U.S. military bases, a friend who is now staying in Kabul and is struggling to escape Afghanistan with his fiancee and mother.
“It’s extremely difficult for me to see that a person I know is not only fearing for his life but the way that he’ll die,” said Klarich.
Klarich left her base in Afghanistan during a withdraw and said she wishes she was still there, working on the ground with soldiers and helping to save women and children from the Taliban.
“They won’t let women leave their houses. They won’t let women read. They won’t educate women. They won’t educate children,” said Klarich.
She’s been in communication with her friend, Ali, who has all the documents he and his family need to leave but hasn’t yet been given a visa. Ali said waiting months for one is too long.
“I’m always thinking about what am I going to do, where should I go, where should I hide, so they don’t get me and they don’t kill me,” explained Ali.
He said he went to Kabul’s airport to see about getting a flight the day before last week’s bombings that killed dozens and injured hundreds.
During the interview, Lee asked, “What are you seeing in the streets right now?”
Ali responded, “I see the fear in the faces of the people, that what’s going to happen after one more week.”
Taliban leaders claim they’ll be more kind. Ali said he doesn’t believe it. He said he’s seen a woman being horribly beaten and his people being murdered.
“It makes me anxious; I don’t know what to do,” said Ali.
Once banks open again, Klarich plans to support Ali and his family until they can get out.
“What we need to be doing right now as Americans is welcoming in refugees and really, really realizing that they are people, and we need to be treating them as fellow human beings,” expressed Klarich.
The U.S. plans to have all military members evacuated by the end of the month.
Ali said he and others fear for the worst and are hoping to find safety.
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