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This year, during the Taliban’s push to take over the country, thousands of Afghans fled the Taliban.
In May, three weeks after President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of US troops from the country, the Taliban launched large-scale attacks in southern Helmand and six other provinces.
The impact is rapid. In late July, US officials estimated that the militant group controlled half of the 420 rural areas in Afghanistan, compared with only one-fifth a month ago. The organization seized control of the country after a quick attack last week.
The United Nations estimates that so far this year, about 400,000 Afghans have been internally displaced in the country.
Some people fleeing the fighting will recall the Taliban’s administration in the 1990s, when it used violence to punish dissidents and suppress women’s rights.
Many families seek refuge in makeshift camps, which have sprung up as waves of people fled their homes. Others, such as those who fled the northern provinces in early August to seek safety in Kabul, took refuge in open spaces such as parks.
In recent months, large numbers of refugees have fled to neighboring Iran. Some passed through it and continued westward towards Turkey.
Taliban faces Little resistance From the Afghan army. On August 17, Afghan youth interviewed by the Associated Press in the town of Tatwan in eastern Turkey said that they had left the military.
Pakistan in the east has also experienced a wave of immigrants arriving on foot.Taliban returns to power after 20 years of interruption A large number of such refugees Analysts have warned that domestic terrorism related to the insurgents is coming back.
Kabul’s international airport was occupied by desperate Afghans who tried to flee within hours after the city became the Taliban.Picture from airport Shows hundreds of people running with a U.S. military transport plane full of U.S. and foreign nationals. As it moved along the runway, some people continued to climb.
Some desperate parents handed over their children to American soldiers through the barbed wire of the airport wall.
A few lucky people boarded the plane that evacuated them.