Hundreds of scholars, relations and group of workers from the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) are caught within the nation after evacuation makes an attempt to achieve Kabul’s airport on Sunday had been unsuccessful.
Ian Bickford, President of AUAF, who used to be in a position to get abroad on an previous flight, advised CNN’s New Day that the convoy on the weekend used to be “the last day of a two-week long effort to help our students relocate from Afghanistan to safe sites where they can continue their learning without fear.”
Bickford stated, “Sunday was, we thought, our best hope. We organized a convoy of more than a dozen buses. Something like 500 students, close to 600 students, family, staff, faculty boarded those buses with the sincere hope that they would be given permission to enter the airport, board flights, and begin their journey to a better life.”
However, the school president stated it turned into transparent over the process the day that the safety state of affairs on the airport used to be worsening, and “it was the best thing for us to ask our students to return home and stay safe.”
Bickford stated the college have been making an attempt to relocate 1,200 scholars, educators and group of workers out of Afghanistan however the choice of the broader AUAF neighborhood used to be a lot better.
He stated the AUAF “represents the brightest light of the American engagement in the country” and highlighted how the school used to be centered through gunmen in a stunning 2016 assault that killed 13 other folks.
He stated scholars had reported intimidating movements through the Taliban in contemporary days.
“Many report anything from harassing behavior, entering homes by the Taliban, asking who’s there, what they do, including whether they’re students at the American University of Afghanistan,” Bickford added.
“Some have received calls from people adopting fraudulent identities, claiming to be representatives of the university asking for identifying information. And others have received direct threats to life and safety.”