The situation in Afghanistan just kept on making worst as days pass by.
It is still uncertain if how many Americans are still in Kabul, Biden says the US and its allies have evacuated 28,000 people ever since August 14, and earlier this week, The Washington Post estimates around 10,000 to 15,000 Americans are still seeking to escape are still stuck. While Afghan allies are being publicly told last month by the President, “there is a home for you in the United States if you choose.”
On a press conference on Sunday, Biden suggested that the perimeter of the airport has been expanded to make evacuations easier. He declined to give more information but he said that “We’re working hard and as fast as we can to get people out. That’s our mission. That’s our goal.” via POLITICO.
However, it was clarified that the access to the airport was expanded, not the perimeter itself. The opening of more entry points was the source of the expansion, confirmed by an administration via CNN.
Bad news after bad news, trouble after clowns. Well, I cannot say any more.
It was reported by Yahoo News that the U.K. Defense Ministry has revealed the deaths on Saturday where a toddler and six others were killed in the area around the Kabul Airport. This was confirmed by British military officials bringing the death toll count from the evacuation violence in the past week to well over a dozen.
The U.K. Defense Ministry said they were sending their “sincere thoughts” to the families of those who “died in crowds.” While the cause of deaths was still unclear, the woman whose daughter died told The New York Times by phone, “I felt pure terror, My whole family was knocked over while we are trying to reach the gate, and at one point I was kicked in the head and my daughter was trampled in the chaos. I could not save her.”
I am still really shocked and cannot believe how cruel things are happening to these Afghans who were with us for over 20 years.