Baerbock: We will “not abandon” people in Afghanistan

On the anniversary of the capture of Kabul, Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has lamented the suffering of the people under the rule of the militant Islamist Taliban.  

Baerbock: Werden Menschen in Afghanistan „nicht im Stich lassen“
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Berlin (dpa) - On the anniversary of the capture of Kabul, Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has lamented the suffering of the people under the rule of the militant Islamist Taliban. “Ever since, the Taliban’s rule has settled over Afghanistan like a dark shroud. Today, many Afghans do not have enough to eat, live in daily fear of persecution and have their basic rights curtailed,” said the Green politician. “For women and girls, this is tantamount to a life in prison.”

She said that now that the military mission has ended, the international community has a responsibility to Afghan civil society and all those who stand up for human rights and democratic values in the country. “They are the bearers of hope for a more peaceful future,” Baerbock stressed.

She added that despite the hurdles, more than 70 percent of those in need of protection who have been promised entry to Germany had already been evacuated. “We are working flat out to enable more people to leave the country,” Baerbock said. Together with Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD), she would therefore be presenting a programme “in the near future” that would focus on the most vulnerable people, especially women and girls. In addition, humanitarian aid for people in Afghanistan would be increased again.