Afghan staffers of the abandoned US embassy in Kabul are reportedly losing faith in American efforts to evacuate them, saying they feel betrayed and prefer to die “with dignity” than try again to get through a Taliban gauntlet.
“It would be better to die under the Taliban’s bullet” than face the crowds again, NBC News quoted an embassy employee as saying, citing a US State Department cable that the media outlet obtained. Another local staffer allegedly said, “Happy to die here, but with dignity and pride.”
Afghan embassy employees are “deeply disheartened” because after being invited by the US State Department on Wednesday to make their way to Hamid Karzai International Airport for evacuation, they met with a “brutal experience,” according to the article, which was published on Sunday.
The staffers said they were struck, spat on and cursed by Taliban fighters at checkpoints near the airport, and some nearly lost their children. Others collapsed on the road because of heat exhaustion, while still others were injured in a crush of people.