Ahmad (we’ve modified his title to guard his id) grew up in London, however moved to Kabul 9 years in the past to work as a enterprise growth supervisor.
He married and had a household. Till final week he believed his household could be secure in his adopted dwelling metropolis.
That is his story.
I’ve by no means been afraid for my security in Kabul earlier than.
There may be all the time some insecurity however I by no means thought the Taliban would be capable of take over. That each one modified after they took Jalalabad final week – then I knew it was too late.
It is such a shock to see them right here on the streets of Kabul. It looks like an invasion.
Once you look into the eyes of those guys on the checkpoints, their expressions are fully clean, unreadable – that is what I discover so scary.
I constructed my profession right here working six days per week to take care of my household and provides them an excellent life. However that’s all gone now the Taliban are in cost. There may be merely no likelihood that we are able to keep.
The Taliban has been very clear that they need each single foreigner out – and that features twin residents like me.
I am fearful for the lives of my spouse and kids. I’d get evacuated due to my British passport however I do not know whether or not they are going to be allowed to come back too.
My spouse is my every little thing. My largest concern is that one thing may occur to her or our youngsters.
The day the Taliban arrived we left our dwelling as quickly because it bought darkish. The neighbours knew I used to be a British nationwide and there have been Taliban doing door-to-door searches, so we needed to get out.
I do not know what would have occurred in the event that they knocked on my door however I am unable to take that threat.
No-one might see us leaving or know the place we had been going. We left every little thing behind.
Now we’re staying with mates, all of us in a single room. There are Taliban out and in of the constructing on a regular basis. We’re on the fourth flooring and we all know they’re up on the seventh flooring.
We do not know what they’re doing up there however they have not knocked on my door but. All I can hope is that they by no means do.
On Saturday I referred to as the embassy and registered my particulars. They only informed me to attend till somebody referred to as me again.
I ring them about 5 instances a day now, hoping to get via. Most instances I simply ultimately get minimize off. They have not referred to as me again but, even after I specified that there have been Taliban within the constructing – nothing.
I really feel so let down – like my very own nation does not give two pennies about my security. All I can do is wait and wait. I really feel like I’m suffocating in my own residence.
Yesterday we went to the airport to attempt to get assist. We had heard that the Individuals and British had management of it once more and so we hoped it is perhaps safer.
What we noticed had been huge crowds of scared individuals with Taliban fighters standing over them as they waited for his or her names to be referred to as. It was chaos.
After they fired photographs into the group we ran again to the home with all our kids. I felt fortunate to not have been killed. It feels just like the state of affairs now’s getting an increasing number of determined for everybody.
I’m grateful that the youngsters are too little to know an excessive amount of about what’s going on – they know who the Taliban are from watching TV, however they do not actually perceive.
More often than not they’re simply regular children, busy with consuming and enjoying, however they see me get wired and so they begin to panic and cry.
We do our greatest to calm them down and inform them every little thing will probably be okay, however it’s a troublesome state of affairs.
I actually do not know the way that is going to go down and that is the toughest half I feel – not figuring out what is going to come subsequent.