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Abandoned in Afghanistan: U.S. Embassy in Kabul Employee
A series on the Americans, SIV, Afghan Allies left to the Taliban when Pres. Biden ordered withdrawal
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“I used to work as Visa Assistant at the Consular Section. Due to my employment with the US Embassy, I am exposed to a lot of people as I had to interact with hundreds of visa applicants daily at the consular interviewing windows.
“I left the Embassy in Dec 2019 and am currently employed by [a United Nations agency]— unfortunately, it does not have an evacuation plan for the local staff members.
“On Aug 24th, during the USG evacuation from the country, I and my wife attempted to get into the airport to be evacuated and escape from the Taliban but unfortunately, the Americans did not let us in.
“We moved in the crowd, beaten by the Taliban and threatened to be shot, but we managed to reach the Abbey gate, but unfortunately, the Americans did not let us in, they were saying that they are only evacuating American citizens and LPRs. I showed them the SIV documents and other evidence, but they did not accept them and turned away.
“I do have an approved SIV application, my case [REDACTED] and the current status is at the interview stage.
“I got married recently, and my wife carries an extreme amount of stress due to the threats I'm facing as a consequence of my employment with the USG.
“Looking forward to your kind assistance!”
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