OBRENOVAC, Serbia (Reuters) – Two Afghans with links to U.S. forces who ended up in Serbia after fleeting the Taliban advance are watching in dismay because the Islamist militants take over again residence, saying the group can’t be trusted they usually concern for kin left behind.
Ahmadmir and Mohaed left about three months in the past for their very own safety due to their previous work for U.S. troops, making separate journeys throughout Iran and Turkey and ending up in a refugee camp in Serbia, the place they’re stranded.
Speaking to Reuters on the Obrenovac camp, 30 km (18 miles) west of Serbia’s capital Belgrade, Mohaed, 45, mentioned his spouse, two kids, brother, sister and fogeys remained in Kabul.
“Me and my brother used to work for the U.S. military, they (the household) should not protected, as a result of we can’t belief the Taliban. They are in hiding,” he mentioned, talking on situation his final identify not be used as a result of sensitivity of the topic.
A former handyman for U.S. forces, Mohaed mentioned the choice by U.S. President Joe Biden to order the American navy to drag out was unsuitable.
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“Our authorities wanted extra assist, they usually simply left,” he mentioned.
In 2013 Mohaed utilized for a particular visa program to maneuver to the United States, with out success.
He left Afghanistan months earlier than the huge however chaotic airlift by the United States and its allies that evacuated greater than 123,000 individuals from Kabul over the previous two weeks.
Despite the airlift, a lot of those that helped Western nations through the warfare had been left behind.
Ahmadmir, a former interpreter for U.S. particular forces, mentioned the Taliban had been providing false assurances of security to those that labored for the previous Afghan authorities, when in actuality they deliberate to take motion in opposition to them.
“They (Taliban) are telling them – no downside, come to your jobs, proceed residing usually, however no – that’s not the case. Things are going in a distinct means. Yeah… I’m so anxious about it,” Ahmadmir mentioned. “They are pretending.”
Ahmadmir mentioned his father, mom and two married sisters remained in Kabul. “You are asking me – are you scared that one thing may occur to your loved ones; I say, sure, if the federal government is in the arms of the Taliban.”
The Taliban has sought to guarantee Afghans it’s going to respect individuals’s rights, together with girls who it barred from finding out and dealing throughout its 1996-2001 rule when it enforced its harsh interpretion of Islamic regulation. Those proclamations have been met with doubt by many.
Ahmadmir known as a relative in Kabul and allowed a visiting crew from Reuters to pay attention in.
“There is silence in Kabul, the bazaar is closed, the residents should not seen, everybody has disappeared someplace …” the relative instructed Ahmadmir, in keeping with a translation of the Pashto language by Reuters.
Serbia was a focus for migrants in 2015, when greater than one million individuals fleeing wars and poverty in the Middle East and Asia made it to the European Union.
According to Serbian authorities, there are round 4,500 migrants in authorities operated camps throughout the nation, 1,200 of them Afghans. Hundreds of different migrants are scattered in fields and forests close to Serbia’s borders with Bosnia and EU members Croatia and Hungary, all nations they need to enter.
(Reporting by Fedja Grulovic and Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by William Maclean)
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