Afghans parents were desperately trying to secure their babies and infants a future life out of the country and the Taliban’s terror descended upon them, by handing them to strangers at Kabul airport.
The Taliban is wrapping up a rapid conquest in Afghanistan, leaving little time for reaction and escape. Hopes for escaping the lost country and the militant group’s reign are running low, especially when Taliban fighters are stationed outside of the Kabul airport whipping at crowds along with firing weapons into the people.
With hearts breaking Afghan parents were ready to say goodbye, praying their children still had a chance of survival.
Reportedly, infants and toddlers were being passed through the crowd outside of the airfield among strangers, as their parents hoped they could be taken by someone inside the facility.
“The mothers were desperate, they were getting beaten by the Taliban. They shouted, ‘Save my baby!’ and threw the babies at us. Some of the babies fell on the barbed wire,” a Parachute Regiment officer told the UK’s Independent.
“It was awful what happened. By the end of the night, there wasn’t one man among us who was not crying,” he continued.
Meanwhile, outside of the Kabul airport, the situation was terrifying.
A Taliban checkpoint at the road’s entrance has a reputation for vindictive fighters abusing Afghans and ripping up their passports and other travel documents, the Independent noted.
According to a senior British officer, because of the chaos, the paratroopers had no choice but to block a road with trucks and barbed wire, while families with children risked their lives trying to escape past Taliban fighters who were beating them, reports Sky News.
Not all the Afghans would be eligible to be evacuated, however, the outlet said. Without the proper paperwork proving they were the part of the Western rescue mission, many would be turned back to face a terrifying fate that bears little promise.
And not all the Afghans had their documents prepared, especially when the Taliban had taken the country too unprecedentedly rapidly.
Two people who spoke with the Independent said they helped the U.S., and supposedly they should have been able to be evacuated. One problem was, their passports were outdated.
“I told my father to get them renewed, he kept on saying that he would do it, and now we have this,” the person said. “No one expected what has happened in the last few weeks, for the Taliban to take over so quickly. Now we are in trouble, the Taliban call us slaves of America and they will surely try to kill us.”
Late Wednesday, a White House official reported that roughly 1,800 people had been evacuated on 10 C-17 flights in the previous 24 hours, significantly less than the 5,000 to 9,000 individuals the Pentagon projected might be evacuated in a day if everything went well, according to The New York Post.