Germany promises to welcome local collaborators and families from Afghanistan

Berlin, Aug 14 The German government insisted today that it will continue working until it manages to transfer to the country all the local collaborators and their families who remained in Afghanistan after the Taliban came to power, a year ago now.

“We will not leave them alone,” said the Minister of the Interior, the Social Democrat Nancy Faeser, in statements to the popular Sunday newspaper “Bild”, to then admit that there are serious problems in getting people “especially threatened or vulnerable” out of the country. .

So far, according to data from its Ministry, Germany has achieved the transfer of 15,759 Afghans, including local collaborators, their families and other people considered especially vulnerable or who may suffer reprisals from the Taliban regime.

Faeser works closely with his colleague from Foreign Affairs, the green Annalena Baerbock, who for her part has also declared herself firmly committed to the task of moving all these people to Germany.

The previous government, the grand coalition between conservatives and social democrats led by Angela Merkel, guaranteed at the time that the Afghans would not be abandoned to their fate and that all those with the right to asylum would be welcomed.

Until the final withdrawal of US troops, Germany took some 5,500 people from a total of 45 nationalities, including Afghans, out of the country.

Germany had come to have in the 20 years that the international mission in Afghanistan lasted the second largest foreign contingent in that country, after the United States.

In June 2021, their withdrawal had been completed, but as a result of the emergency situation, the deployment of some 600 German soldiers to participate in evacuation operations was approved that same August.

Currently, coinciding with the anniversary of the arrival of the Taliban to power, a conference is being held in Berlin to try to expedite the departure of these people from Afghanistan and delimit the situation in which they find themselves.

Humanitarian organizations such as Pro Asyl have denounced that the current government, the tripartite between social democrats, greens and liberals of Olaf Scholz, is not doing what is necessary to speed up the reception procedures for these people in the country.

According to this organization, some 20,000 people are still in Afghanistan exposed to repression by the Taliban for having worked, they or their families, with German companies, the army, NGOs or diplomatic personnel. EFE

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