Eating dirt on the way to the office

October 10, 2009

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Against the Wall – An Afghan Evacuation Story – Part 1

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The day Kabul fell to the Taliban, August 15, 2021, Basir and his family made their first attempt to get into the airport and onto a plane. It would be nearly a month before they escaped into Pakistan. Over the next weeks they would be beaten at Taliban checkpoints, endure crushing crowds and be threatened and sworn at by soldiers from around the world.

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Night after night (daytime in Afghanistan) I used real-time on-the-ground intelligence information provided by vets and other organizations also working to evacuate people, to try and help guide families around the violent Taliban checkpoints, through the crushing crowds to the 20’ high walls of cement and barbed wire.

2 Comments

  1. Kate Raisz

    Miguel:
    Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your willingness to be a witness and to share what you see with the rest of us.
    Stay safe,
    Kate

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  2. peter lipsitt

    Michael,
    I am amazed on a few levels.
    But I like the look of the goats, and your peaceful hotel courtyard (?).
    Your images bring back to me Ethiopia Peace Corps time.
    I hope your preparations are a great success!
    Peter

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