Ten months after the radical Islamist Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, up to 10,000 people are still waiting to leave for Germany, according to the sponsorship network of former local Bundeswehr forces.
In addition to local forces and their families, many of them were contractors who had worked in Afghanistan on behalf of the Bundeswehr, said Lothar Hankel, former sergeant major and head of the Cologne/Bonn regional group of the sponsorship, at the “Kölner Stadt -Anzeiger.”
He said the association was able to rescue 324 people who were on a list of particularly vulnerable people that had been provided to the German Foreign Ministry. Now the financial resources are exhausted, partly because the number of donations has dropped sharply. In the meantime, contact has been lost with many people at risk.
On the anniversary of the change of power in August, the association wants to draw attention to the problem at a one-day congress in Berlin. German Armed Forces Inspector General Eberhard Zorn and Defense Committee Chair Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (FDP) will also be invited to the congress.
The Taliban launched a military offensive in Afghanistan in early May 2021 after the United States announced its withdrawal from the country. The Islamists first conquered hundreds of neighborhoods and, from the beginning of August, almost all the provincial capitals in a few days. They took the capital Kabul without a fight in mid-August.