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Daily Evacuation Brief | May 12, 2022
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Nonprofits evacuating at-risk Afghans frequently get asked why they can’t just purchase plane tickets to safety for refugees. If the potential evacuee has a fiscal sponsor secured, family out of the country, or jobs abroad waiting for them, people naturally assume they have a clear path to evacuation.
Unfortunately, the reality is much more complex. Despite having all the right pieces in place (and sometimes even a visa issued), it is still a significant challenge to evacuate individuals and families from Afghanistan. With all the roadblocks, each evacuation is truly a feat and the result of many different groups across the world coming together…
LAST 24 HOURS:
THREAT ALERT – In Dara (Panjshir) the Taliban went door to door and ordered all male residents to attend a meeting at the local mosque to discuss the security situation with Taliban security officials. Once locals had arrived in the mosque, a Taliban official directed everyone outside to a garden area. They forced everyone on the ground, then threatened them all with death and retribution if they joined or supported the Resistance forces. They read off a list of names of men who had to stay and released the others. It is unknown what happened to those who were forced to stay after the meeting. Similar reports have been coming in from various districts in the area. A propaganda video was taken during the “meeting” and shared on pro-Taliban social media.
Several sources claim the TTP have sent several hundred reinforcements to Panjshir to assist the Taliban. We have not yet verified this information.
Following the recent raid of Malik Mirza School in Malik Mirza School in the Abdullah Khil Valley (Panjshir), an unknown number of teachers and students have been held by the Taliban in a local government building. Reports of torture, in particular targeting English teacher Zamarud Khan, have been received but are unverified at this time.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
· The Taliban reinforcements that had been ordered within the last 48hrs are expected to begin arriving in several provinces in the North. Reports surfaced that some of the fighters were hesitant to go and had to be threatened with expulsion from the Taliban security forces before agreeing to load into the trucks.
· An unspecified threat of a bombing in Herat was received by the Ministry of the Interior. No further information was available about the threat, but history dictates it will likely be a bombing threat that targets ethnic/religious minorities. At-risk Afghans are advised to avoid places where people gather (schools, markets, mosques, etc.) and public transportation for the next 72 hours, if possible.
By Abubakar Siddique – Radio Free Europe
Both Dushanbe and Tashkent have denied that such attacks took place. Taliban officials have denied that Uzbekistan was attacked from Afghan territory and say they are probing the alleged attack on Tajikistan.
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