Afghanistan: ‘I feel lucky to leave but we must not forget those left behind’

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eople who have fled Afghanistan for the UK after the Taliban takeover have spoken of their relief to have escaped the country.

UK troops are continuing to evacuate British nationals and eligible Afghans after insurgents seized control of the capital Kabul.

No 10 says 306 UK nationals and 2,052 Afghans have been evacuated so far.

One British aid worker said she felt “lucky” to escape, but that we “must not forget Afghanistan”.

Kitty Chevallier, a 24-year-old charity worker from Basingstoke in Hampshire, left Kabul via a UK evacuation flight on Monday morning.

She said she was aware of how “immensely lucky” she was to have been helped out of Afghanistan, when others, including friends and colleagues, remained stranded.

“As we drove there at 04:00, the runways were crowded with hundreds of Afghan families hoping to get out somehow,” she told the PA Media news agency.

“One of the strangest moments was getting on the plane, not knowing when we’d be able to come back or what the city would look and feel like when we did.”

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