- Mexico begins processing applications for Afghan refugees.
- The Taliban took control of several provinces in that country.
- It has been mainly women and girls who have requested it.
The government of Mexico, led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) started processing applications for Afghan refugees, after the Taliban took control of that country, according to information published by the news agencies El Universal, Reforma and the news site Sin embargo.
It was the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, who reported that Mexico had already begun processing the first refugee applications of Afghan citizens who wish to enter into the country to protect themselves from this group.
Through social networks, Foreign Minister Ebrard pointed out that “with the active participation” of Guillermo Puente Ordorica, Mexican ambassador to Iran, he began with the request for refuge, mainly of women and girls who have requested it.
“I inform you that with the active participation of Guillermo Puente Ordorica, Ambassador of Mexico in Iran, we have begun the processing of the first refugee applications of Afghan citizens, especially women and girls who have requested it,” he said. Ebrard on Twitter.
As of August 6, the Taliban, who controlled a part of Afghanistan, advanced and in just 10 days they managed to control almost all the country’s provinces, including the capital Kabul. The advance of the Taliban was encouraged by the withdrawal of international forces.
Since then, thousands of people have tried to flee Afghanistan, a process in which Mexico now reports that it has received refugee requests. More details of the process would be released in the next few hours. Filed Under: Shelter for Citizens of Afghanistan
Refugee citizens of Afghanistan: EVACUATE 2 THOUSAND PEOPLE
For its part, according to the Pentagon, 2,000 people, including 325 US citizens, were evacuated from Afghanistan on 18 flights in the last 24 hours, days after the Taliban took control of the country in a lightning offensive.
Spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that they aim to get between 5,000 and 9,000 people out of the country a day. The armed forces are in talks with the Taliban to help transport Afghans to the airport and to speed up procedures, including Afghans who have applied for special immigrant visas.
TALIBAN SUPPRESSES PROTEST
Kirby also said that US forces have fired warning shots along the perimeter of the airport to control the crowd. Some 4,500 soldiers secure the airport and assist in the evacuation, and several hundred more are expected to be dispatched in the next 24 hours.
However, the Taliban violently cracked down on a protest march in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, a rare show of dissent as the leaders met with officials from the government backed by the western powers they just overthrew. Filed Under: Shelter for Citizens of Afghanistan
Refugee citizens of Afghanistan: ONE DEAD
An Afghan health official said the crackdown left one dead and six injured. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to report to the press. For its part, the United Arab Emirates reported that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his family are in the country for “humanitarian considerations.”
Every act of the insurgents since the blitzkrieg that brought them to power is being closely watched. They say they have changed and will not reimpose the draconian measures of their previous regime, under which they eliminated virtually all women’s rights, carried out public executions and sheltered al Qaeda in the years before the September 11 attacks. 2001 in the United States.
Sheltering Citizens of Afghanistan: SKEPTICAL
But many Afghans are skeptical, and the violent response to Wednesday’s protest adds to their fear. Thousands are rushing to the airport and the borders to flee the country. Many more have been hiding in their homes in terror since the insurgents opened their jails and armories.
Dozens of people gathered in the eastern city of Jalalabad to raise the national flag on the eve of Independence Day, which commemorates the end of British rule in 1919. They lowered the Taliban flag – white and with an Arabic inscription – raised by the militiamen in the areas they captured.
They shot into the air
Later video footage showed the Taliban firing into the air and attacking people with batons to disperse the crowd. Local reporter Babrak Amirzada said the Taliban beat him and a cameraman when they tried to cover the protest.
Meanwhile, videos from the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, a stronghold of Northern Alliance militias that allied with the United States against the Taliban in 2001, appear to show potential opposition leaders gathering there. It is the only province that has not yet fallen to the Taliban. Filed Under: Shelter for Citizens of Afghanistan
Refugee citizens of Afghanistan: UNCERTAINTY
Among these personalities are members of the overthrown government – Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who declared on Twitter that he is the legitimate president of the country, and Defense Minister General Bismillah Mohammad – as well as Ahmad Massoud, son of the murdered head of the Alliance of the North, Ahmad Shah Massoud. It is unclear whether his intention is to challenge the Taliban, which took over most of the country in a matter of days last week.
Meanwhile, the Taliban continued their efforts to form an “inclusive Islamic government.” They have held talks with former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, a former senior government official who was ousted. Mohammad Yusof Saha, a Karzai spokesman, said the preliminary meetings will facilitate future negotiations with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s political chief, who returned to the country this week.
Karzai and Abdullah met Anas Haqqani, the leader of a powerful faction of the Taliban, on Wednesday. The United States branded the Haqqani network a terrorist group in 2012, and its participation in a future government could lead to sanctions. Amid the uncertainty, thousands of Afghans have tried to flee the country, while the United States and its allies struggle to bring order to their chaotic retreat.
Hundreds of people were gathered around the airport. The Taliban guards allowed some to pass after showing their passport. Many of the people gathered outside apparently did not have passports, and every time the gate was opened even a few inches, dozens tried to shove their way in. The Taliban occasionally fired into the air to disperse them. Filed Under: Shelter for Citizens of Afghanistan
The Taliban have vowed to maintain security, but local residents say groups of gunmen are going door-to-door looking for Afghans who collaborated with the Americans or the overthrown government. It is not clear if they are militiamen or criminals posing as them.
In Kabul, groups of fighters with rifles patrolled the neighborhood where many embassies are located, as well as mansions of the Afghan elite. Filed Under: Shelter for Citizens of Afghanistan With information from AP
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