Afghanistan: Dual-nationals feel safe but angry at West after touching down in Doha

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They arrive into a wall of heat as they descend from the aircraft.

Everyone looks tired, but their faces shine brightly with relief.

All of the passengers on board the 777 have made the difficult journey to safety from Kabul, Afghanistan.

Amongst them many families; women carrying their children, who are all too often asleep in their arms - oblivious to the commotion around them.

It is the second chartered flight carrying civilians to touch down in the Qatari capital Doha since the chaotic evacuation.

The desperate people, who made this journey, have been stranded in Kabul for days.

Most are of dual nationality - Afghans with American, French, Canadian, Dutch, or British passports.

We meet Abdul from London, along with his family; he tells me he feels safe now.

They had been visiting his parents when Kabul suddenly fell to the Taliban and they became trapped, unable to board any of the evacuation flights, despite trying a number of times to get to the airport.

He says the situation in Afghanistan is now "unpredictable and scary", especially because he cannot get his extended family out.

But he is also frustrated with the West, particularly America for abandoning the country.

"I as a British citizen and also as an Afghani citizen, I'm a dual national, I call on the international community, especially those countries that are involved in Afghanistan conflict and in Afghanistan politics, they shouldn't let Afghanistan alone," he says.

"Every Afghan is angry. They should have done much better. They spent 20 years in Afghanistan and they left Afghanistan in the same spot when they went there."

It has taken days and involved intensive negotiations with the Taliban to get this far.

More flights are expected in the coming days, providing the new regime continues to cooperate.

But this is a journey tinged with sadness and bitterness for the people who have made the flight.

The weary passengers have left behind friends, family and a broken country they love.

And of course the greatest tragedy of all; they do not know when, or if they'll be able to return.

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