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US News in Kabul, Afghans in search of passport, "In case" ...

12:24  27 july  2021
12:24  27 july  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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"J E Am not get a passport for my family, because we never know", explains Abdul Khalid Nabyar Which, like many Afghans, says he wants to be able to leave the country if the Taliban seize power.

Early in the morning, he was queuing, with hundreds of compatriots, serving the passports in Kabul.

"If the situation worsens, it could be that we had to leave the country," says this 52-year-old trader who feels particularly targeted because he had a shop on a military base of NATO.

Like him, "people want to be ready in advance, in case it goes wrong."

A 08:00, the brilliant morning sun is already hot. In the queue that stretches in front of the entrance on a good hundred meters already, some are creating a semblance of shade with the plastic pockets in which they placed the necessary documents.

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Undetermined, police officers rebrove the way to some residuers.

A respondent of the presence of journalists: "Getting a passport is a legitimate demand of all Afghan," she says.

In recent weeks, the crowd is all but usual. "We receive about 10,000 people a day, compared to 2,000 usually," says a policeman.

from the northern province of Balkh, Khalilullah, 36-year-old engineer, arrived at 05:00 in the morning, with his wife and three children, to be made "passports, in order to be able to go elsewhere, if things really turn wrong".

"There were already 300 people in the tail," he said just after passing the security checkpoint, more than three hours later.


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after this control and a buffer on documents, the applicants wait again. About 150 men and as many women, with children, wait separately on benches to enter the biometric data room.

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There too, the benches are already filled. Behind an office line, employees photograph the applicants and scan their fingerprints, as well as their iris using gray binoculars.

"The face of terror"

even those who, like Zeenat Bahar Nazari arrived early, "wait for their turn for long hours".

"It is necessary to have a passport, given the circumstances," explains this 23-year-old computer student, too young for having known the Taliban regime (1996-2001) and its ultra-ridal interpretation of Islamic rules.

But "when we were children, our families told the Taliban (...) killed or made people disappear, were violent women, did not allow them to educate and deprived them of their elemental rights."

It has on the other hand known the 20 years of their bloody insurrection: "The only thing I know about Taliban has the face of terror: fights, suicide bombings and blood baths."

"When we go to school or at the university, we hope a bright future. But if the Taliban take power, this hope of a bright future will disappear," she says.

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Their possible "return does not announce anything good for us", women, but "when we talk about leaving" Afghanistan, I feel really sad ".

few of those come to look for a passport already know where to go because , as it, most still want to believe that they will be able to stay in their country. But all want to be ready.

The idea of ​​leaving is a heartbreak for "Sardar", 52 years old, who refuses to give his real name And fear for his life after working as a translator for a British NGO: "But our life is in danger, we have no choice."

Ex-uneashanitor, Haji Sayed Mohammad Sultani, 45, wants a passport But refuses to imagine reliving the refugee life he knew during the Soviet invasion (1979-1989), the civil war (1992-1996) and the Taliban regime.

"As long as Afghanistan is liveable, we Do not leave our country, "he says, but" in the last 20 years, people (...) have had freedom. And if this government collapses, then there will be no freedom. "

As for the recent vagues of the insurgents on the education of girls and the freedom or the absence of revenge, if they returned to power, Abdul Khalid Nabyar answers: "We do not believe a word of what the Taliban say."

27/07/2021 08:10:53 - Kabul (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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