Daily US Times: It hits you like a brick as soon as you put your foot on the tarmac at Kabul international airport when you see desperate Afghans trying to flee the country anyhow possible, sometimes even with only a suitcase.
The intensity, the darkness, the urgency of this hour. In every direction, there are the huge grey military transport planes from the US military and many other countries. Military helicopters are running in the sky.
Heading towards every single plane are long queues of Afghans fleeing their motherland. The lines do not seem to end. They have been told they can only bring the clothes they are wearing and only one suitcase, as they leave their country behind. Taliban took over Afghanistan after the government collapsed.
But it’s not just the country they are leaving, they are leaving behind the life they lived there, and for the young educated generation, the dreams they cherished and the life they built up over 20 years.
There are said to be 14,000 people inside the Kabul airport, controlled by US military, waiting to board.
Freelance journalist and a former BBC journalist Bilal Sarwary was among those who made it onto the airport, leaving behind everything he had worked so hard to build, save for a few pairs of clothes and his young family.
Sarwary had planned to raise his daughter Sola, which means “peace” – in his home country, the place he has spent 20 years covering, starting as a fixer and translator in 2001.
Instead, he is now hoping his daughter will one day understand the decision he has made to leave.
He said: “Today’s the day that a generation of Afghans have buried their dreams and aspirations and our lives.”
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