Pen Farthing’s plight over abandoning staff at Kabul divides Britons

Email shows Boris Johnson personally authorised evacuations of Pen Farthing's Afghanistan dogs

Pen Farthing’s plight over abandoning his staff at Kabul divides and angers Britons.

PEN FARTHING has finally managed to escape the Taliban with his rescue animals, however, and much to the anger of thousands of Britons, he was forced to leave his staff behind, the wife of the ex-marine has revealed.

Ex-British Army commando, real name Paul Farthing, created a media storm after it was revealed the animal rights enthusiast chose to make the return journey back to the UK with only his rescue pets.

According to his wife, Kaisa Markhus, who fled Afghanistan herself for her native Norway last week, and who briefly spoke to him by mobile phone, said that Paul, together with his pets, was boarding the plane out of the troubled city at around 3.30 pm Spanish time today, Saturday, August 28.

However, he was forced to leave his Afghan staff behind.

Ms Markhus said: “I know Pen had a very hard choice. He faced that same choice when he was inside the airport with his staff and their families on Thursday and the animals and the staff were not allowed through.

“So, he went back to the compound to ensure everyone was safe and to discuss with them what to do. They decided he should go to the airport again with the dogs. He was devastated to leave his staff but knew that by removing both the dogs and himself he would remove two big risk factors.”



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