Ns News Online Desk : A pregnant woman from California who is stranded in Afghanistan said the Taliban is “hunting” Americans now that the US military has withdrawn from the country. The woman, identified by her first name, Nasria, to protect her from reprisals, is among the up to 200 Americans still trapped in Afghanistan.
“There’s been days, you know, where I think to myself, ‘Am I going to make it home? Am I going to end up living here? Am I going to end up dying here?’” Nasria told Voice of America in an interview recorded on Friday. She said after the US completed its military withdrawal on Aug. 31, the Taliban began “hunting Americans.”
“Apparently, they’re going door to door now trying to see if anyone has a blue passport,” she told the outlet.
Nasria, 25, said she traveled to Afghanistan in June to visit family and marry her Afghan national husband but couldn’t get a flight out after the Taliban took over Kabul last month. She described the chaotic scene in the streets around the Hamid Karzai International Airport as thousands of Afghans tried to flee and the perilous ordeal she and her husband went through trying to get a flight.
“It was so hard to just get on a flight,” Nasria said. “There was a couple days where we had to sleep on streets. People were literally stepping over people. That’s how bad it was.”
She said she eventually contacted the State Department and was told to go to a specific area where they would be met and escorted to an evacuation flight.
Families walk towards their flight during evacuations at Hamid Karzai International Airport.At one point, they were moments away from entering the airport but the Taliban intervened.
“Our troops were literally at the gate just waiting for us to continue walking and they had blocked us,” Nasria said, adding that the extremist fighters refused to let her proceed despite showing them her passport.
“There was a time that like I went past them and started walking as fast as I can, and they started shooting right by my leg and told me to come back. If I was only 15 steps away from the airport, and I was told people are going to come out of the airport to get me. So what hope am I supposed to have now?” she said. Her husband pleaded with the Taliban to allow her to leave the country alone, but she refused to leave without him. “My child is going to need a father and I’m going to need a husband by my side,” Nasria said.