By Alex Glenn • 31 August 2021 • 8:16
Taliban ‘night letters’ warn those who helped the West in Afghanistan to surrender or die. The letters call on people that the Taliban believe have helped out the West, and order them to attend a Taliban convened court, or face death.
Naz is 34 years old and has six children and he has received one of these letters. His construction company helped out the UK military. Despite having applied for sanctuary in Britain, his application for relocation under ARAP was rejected.
Naz said: ‘The letter was official and stamped by the Taliban. It is a clear message that they want to kill me. If I attend the court, I will be punished with my life.
If I don’t, they will kill me – that is why I am in hiding, trying to find a way to escape. But I need help.’
Naz is not the only person to receive one of these horrific letters. Shir, aged 47, was unavailable to make it onto an evacuation flight, despite having been accepted for relocation.
Shir said: ‘My daughter found the letter on our door with a nail in it. It instructed me to surrender myself for the judgment of the court of the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) or they would act like hunters to find me. They would then kill me.’
At the moment Shir is in hiding and fears for his life.
‘It is a letter of fear, a warning, a threat to you and your family. You must bow to the Taliban orders or make sure you are not caught,” added Shir.
‘I thought I would escape on a British flight and was called three times to the airport but could not make it through the people.
‘Now I am trapped and people have seen the letter on my door. It is a mark of the Taliban on my family.’
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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