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S.O.S.! OFWs in northern Afghanistan want out ASAP

Aug 24, 2021, 7:08 AM
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A total of 182 Filipinos have so far been airlifted out of Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country but those left behind are crying for help.

A GROUP of overseas Filipino workers living in northern Afghanistan has appealed to the government to help them secure repatriation as soon as possible.

In a media interview, Alfonso Dorado, an OFW staying in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, said the United Nations had a contingency plan for their repatriation, but no exact date was given.

While the situation in his area is normal so far, Dorado said he and other OFWs in the city have been unable to go out of their residences.

He added that Mazar-i-Sharif has almost become a ghost town following the Taliban takeover, but locals said some stores are open and there is still supply of food.

"Marami pang puwedeng mangyari at anytime. Humihingi po kami ng tulong na kung puwede ang ahensiya ng gobyerno, kung may paraan na makuha kami rito sa Mazar, magawan po sana ng paraan agad," another OFW said.
"Gusto namin ma-repatriate rito at mauwi na sa Pilipinas. 'Yun po ang hinihintay namin at ayaw naming mangyari na magiging rescue operation na," the OFW added.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), 27 Filipinos have so far remained in Afghanistan following the sudden takeover of the Taliban of the country a week ago.

A total of 182 Filipinos have so far been airlifted out of the country, the DFA added.

Meanwhile, ten Filipinos have elected to remain in the country due to work reasons, according to the agency.

Afghanistan is currently placed under Alert Level 4 or mandatory evacuation due to the continued uncertain situation in the country.

Thousands of Afghan nationals and foreigners are still massed at Kabul Airport, hoping to escape the Taliban.

Tags: #repatriation, #overseasFilipinos, #Afghanistan, #Taliban


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