An American, and a former military interpreter, remains stranded in Afghanistan after the departure of the last American flight.
The US citizen, who goes by the pseudonym Sara, spoke to CNN’s Chris Cuomo from Kabul on Monday evening, explaining how she tried to get to US checkpoints but received tear gas.
Sara wanted to get so many people out of the country before she ran away. “I just can’t believe nobody told me this was the last flight,” she told Cuomo.
Sara and 37 Afghans she was trying to save lived in her house. She explained live how she went from “door to door” and managed to pass a Taliban checkpoint with a man she claimed to be her husband with their “six children”.
The group was approaching the airport when tear gas was deployed. In the middle of the gas, Sara kept moving and managed to send a message to her contact who was supposedly going to let her through the American checkpoint, she asked why they were being gassed. “They said ‘they’re putting the gas on for you so you can get closer to the door,’” Sara explained.
As they approached the airport, Sara “started shouting, ‘I’m American, please open the door, I’m here to come home.’ Nobody opened the door.
“They threw in another gas and I was knocked unconscious for about 15 minutes,” she said, recounting how she lost all the children she was trying to save in the incident, including a child who was hit by the gas bullet.
The United States and a hundred other countries issued a joint statement on Sunday stressing that the Taliban assured the airport would remain open and that they would continue to let foreigners and Afghans with the correct documents leave the country after the August 31 deadline.
“I don’t know what to believe anymore, they’ve been cheating on me for 10 days, back and forth, back and forth,” said Sara, who fears for her life and the lives of those she is trying to save, now them. United States left Kabul.
“Am I safe? ” she said. “Now the question is my life. Am I safe? Are these people safe?
“I don’t think they are safe because they are at my house. They are now more of a target than ever because I am American.
She asked how the United States was going to help her without any presence in Afghanistan. “If America couldn’t help me when they were on the ground, how are they going to help me when there’s no one here? Will someone save me?
General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US central command, announced on Monday the completion of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, as well as the evacuation of US citizens and vulnerable Afghans. He said the last US military plane left the country.
President Joe Biden suffered a backlash for his withdrawal 24 hours earlier. “The war in Afghanistan is not over. Joe Biden has decided to step down and leave our citizens and allies behind, ”said Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn. wrote on Twitter Monday.
She has also criticized the president for arming the Taliban: “$ 85 billion in American weapons is in the hands of the Taliban because of Joe Biden. She and other Republicans are calling for his impeachment.
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