By Deirdre Tynan •
Published: 01 Sep 2021 • 9:21
About 110 Afghan collaborators who worked for the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) in Afghanistan in Badghis province remain trapped in Kabul, a city that has become a place of despair since the arrival of the Taliban.
The former employees ask the Government for an evacuation plan to leave Afghanistan but neither agency nor Foreign Ministry leaders have contacted them, Spanish daily ABC reports.
The number of local personnel who collaborated with the Spanish humanitarian mission in the Central Asian country may be much higher. A large part of the contingent of collaborators have not been able to reach the capital and remain hidden in their cities, some thousands of kilometres from the only exit, Hamid Karzai airport.
Among the collaborators stranded are are doctors, pharmacists, clerks, veterinarians and their families.
By August 27, Spanish Armed Forces had evacuated a total of 1,900 Afghan aid workers and their families, Spaniards and citizens from other countries such as the US and Portugal, the European Union, UN, NATO, and Embassy personnel.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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