The line for the last chopper out of Kabul starts here.
As tens of thousands of American troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan in time for the 2014 deadline set by the White House, another exodus is gathering pace: Afghans fleeing their country’s violence and economic uncertainty.
“The international community is leaving and we are right behind them,” Khalid Gul, a 23-year-old university student, said in a trendy Kabul café. “Ninety percent of Afghans, they want to leave Afghanistan for the same reason: education and instability.”
He and his friends frequently discuss how they would leave and where they would go. Their top choices are America, Canada and Europe.
Some Afghans scrambling to get out any way they can are paying $30,000 to 50,000 on the black market for fake passports and passage to another country, an exorbitant sum in a country where average annual income is estimated to be under the $500 a year. A recent Afghan police raid picked up dozens of false Canadian, Pakistani and Afghan passports and numerous forged visas.
A lot of these “refugees” will end up in the United States where they will cause a whole range of new problems, like the refugees from El Salvador and every war in the Middle East have.
The media has largely refused to cover the loss in Afghanistan and stories like these talk around it. While Obama Inc. claims that Afghanistan has been stabilized, it rather blatantly has not been, and most Afghans believe, rightly, that the Taliban will soon be in charge.
“If Americans – the soldiers and the troops – leave here we will have no proper security and we will have the Taliban here again,” Shorab Shinwari, a 21-year-old IT expert, said.