Washington, DC – Two years: That’s how lengthy Jawad has been in hiding, first in his residence nation of Afghanistan and as of final month, in his home-in-exile, Pakistan.
For the reason that withdrawal of US-led international troops from Afghanistan two years in the past this month, Jawad says the hazards he confronted in his homeland over his previous work as a logistics contractor for the US navy multiplied.
However regardless of the elevated risk beneath the nation’s new Taliban authorities, his seven-year effort to obtain a particular US visa for Afghans who straight supported American forces seems to have stalled – and Jawad says hope has turned to disappointment.
“I settle for that I’m not the one one that is in the identical boat. I’ve colleagues and know different people who find themselves ready this period of time and even longer,” he advised Al Jazeera by way of an interpreter in a cellphone interview from a village exterior of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
“However we have been there and we helped the People once they wanted our assist. And now it’s time that I ask for his or her assist in getting me out of this case”.
The 30-year-old – who, like many individuals who spoke to Al Jazeera for this story, requested to solely use his first identify for concern of retaliation – is amongst a whole bunch of 1000’s of Afghans whose lives have been marked by two years of separation, uncertainty and concern since US forces withdrew from Afghanistan on the finish of August 2021.
Whereas the West’s exit from the war-torn nation was hailed by members of some segments of Afghan society, for 1000’s extra, the chaotic US withdrawal – and the Taliban’s takeover – left them with little hope for a future of their homeland.
Many, like Jawad, stay caught in precarious states of suspension, both within the US or overseas. Even those that have discovered a stage of bodily security proceed to grapple with new challenges, and the trauma of getting needed to go away relations behind.
“In Afghanistan, I might hear of neighbours and different folks getting dragged out of their houses in the midst of the night time,” mentioned Jawad, who fled to Pakistan along with his seven-months-pregnant spouse and their four-year-old daughter in late July.
They introduced a single backpack with them. However Jawad mentioned they’d no different choices. “What if they arrive after me?” he mentioned of the Taliban. “What’s going to occur to my spouse and daughter in the event that they have been to try this?”