The Longest Yards

ESCAPING KABUL

The Washington Post correspondent Susannah George details the gripping escape of her team from Kabul, facilitated by a chance meeting with British troops

USAF C-17S AT AL UDEID AIR BASE IN QATAR WHERE MANY OF THE REFUGEES, INCLUDING SUSANNAH'S TEAM, WERE FLOWN FOR PROCESSING AND ONWARD TRAVEL
TAYLOR CRUL/USAF/USCCPA

Sheltering in Kabul, Susannah George and her colleagues waited for a Washington Postorganised charter flight to Qatar. But, with the Taliban consolidating their grip on the city and the flight due to leave in hours, the chance of reaching it felt slim.

She reflected: “It was something we decided we had to do together. We hadn’t seen each other since the Taliban took over, and the reunion – after so much anxiety, fear and change – was emotional. On a dusty road lined by concrete barriers outside the airport, we embraced.

It was the first moment of joy and relief in a long time.

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