Afghanistan: I’m staying put, vows children’s aid worker

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People gather outside the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan (AP)
People gather outside the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan (AP)

A manager for a charity that helps to educate and protect children in Afghanistan on Friday vowed to stay to continue its work despite the Taliban takeover.

Hamidullah Abawi, who is in charge of Street Child’s work across the country, said he had told his staff to stay at home after Kabul fell.

He added: “There is a lot of fear, a lot of panic, people are really worried about how this will unfold. We are concerned about our female staff and whether they will be allowed to work.”

The UK charity, founded by lawyer and entrepreneur Tom Dannatt, works with 40,000 children in the country providing education and social services and Mr Abawi said about 60 per cent of its staff are women.

He said the charity would continue its work as they had already had experience of working in areas of Taliban control.

He said: “Everyone has the temptation to leave the country and the fear and the worry is extremely high but our staff members and myself are committed to serve the people and stay here to deliver humanitarian activities.”

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