Afghan survivors recall ‘miracle’ evacuation

The scenes of desperate refugees trying to escape Afghanistan during the US withdrawal ㅡ mothers clutching babies, men begging to board airplanes in Kabul, a traumatic wartime experience.

The chaotic scenes at the Afghan airport, a young Afghan soccer player falling off an American plane and of babies being born during airlifts from Kabul.

At least 12,000 people have been evacuated via Kabul airport since the start of a tumultuous rescue effort last Sunday. They include a mix of western government staff and aid agency workers, as well as Afghan residents who have worked with western governments or their agencies or are perceived to be particularly at risk due to the nature of their work, such as journalists, translators or human rights activists.

Most European countries have been reluctant to commit to taking in specific numbers of Afghan refugees other than those who have collaborated with their own agencies, amid concerns of a replay of the 2015 refugee crisis.

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