They’re stuck in Kabul: “It’s a ghost town”

In Afghanistan there are several hundred people who want to be evacuated to the Netherlands. Some are already on the evacuation list, others would like to.

An Afghan interpreter, who worked for the Dutch army, counts the seconds until he can leave his country. Im not going out because friends told me its dangerous, he says to Decceit. According to him, the Taliban will go to the homes of people who worked with foreign soldiers at night. Anyone can be targeted at any time.

The interpreter believes nothing of what Taliban leaders promise in the media. They say they wont shoot anybody, they wont target anyone. But what we see and hear is that it does. The situation is very unpredictable and very dangerous.

This 29-year-old Afghan Dutchman is also afraid of the Taliban. She was stranded in Kabul, where she ended up in chaos at the airport:

An Afghan doctor, who has studied in the Netherlands for a while and then worked for several non-profits, shares the mistrust of the Taliban. We have experience, we know what theyre like. And we dont think theyve changed much.

The doctor, who does not yet have a foreign visa, speaks of a play. They perform an act of forgiveness or amnesty. But once they have power in the country, they will show their true face.

The Dutch Madina Shinwari, her brother and parents managed to come to the Netherlands today. They were met at Schiphol by their two sisters, who had previously returned from Afghanistan:

The interpreter who spoke DecceIt says he hasnt given up hope yet. I dont believe the Dutch army is leaving me here in this dangerous situation. But some of the things he hears do cause fear to him. You hear they do searches in many regions. Those areas are fairly far from here, but I dont know when theyre going to search our region. That scares me.

The doctor also mentions the searches, which he believes a lot of videos are about. They go door to door, looking for people who have worked with foreigners. And to find traitors, as they call it.

The doctor himself barely goes out. I dared to leave my house one more time. Its like a ghost town. You can only see the male residents: there are no women who are stuck in their homes.

Among them are the doctors sisters, both students, and his mother, who teaches at a school. She waits how tolerant the Taliban will be to female teachers. I myself am really desperate to leave the country because my life is at risk. I really want to leave.