Residents have been hiding and starving with no access to food or medicine since the Taliban took power and feel “completely ignored” by the outside world since Russia invaded Ukraine
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Desperate Afghans tonight pleaded, “Don’t forget us.”
Residents say they have felt “completely ignored” by the outside world since Russia invaded Ukraine.
Millions are at risk of starvation while lawless Taliban soldiers are charged with murdering former interpreters and their families.
A father of four, 31, an interpreter for British forces in Helmand from 2009 to 2014, was detained by the Taliban on his way to the airport while attempting to escape. He was severely beaten and arrested but later released.
He now says he cannot return to his home village in Kunduz because the Taliban are dragging ex-colleagues out of their homes to kill them on the street.
The man, who cannot be named for safety reasons, said: “Every moment is risky, every moment they take lives. My colleagues supporting British forces in Afghanistan were killed by the Taliban.”
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Another resident has been in hiding in Kabul for nearly six months with five family members – including her grandparents – who have no access to food or medicine.
If they come out of hiding, they will be killed by the Taliban because they worked as journalists and soldiers for the Afghan government before the Taliban takeover last August.
The woman’s 17-year-old sister died of heart failure as the family had only stale bread to eat.
A former colleague was also attacked and severely beaten by the Taliban because he worked as a journalist.
She said: “Life here is like a burning hell, we burn here every day.
“Journalists and former military personnel are being persecuted.
“I’m scared of starving the rest of my family, but we’ll be killed if we come out of hiding.”
The woman said the Taliban now have access to 95% of the country’s food supplies and have taken over the media, meaning stories of hunger and brutality are not reaching the whole world.
New data from Unicef shows the number of children admitted to hospital with malnutrition nearly doubled from 2,407 in August 2021 to 4,214 in December.
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