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‘We are just nothing now’: South Africans’ terror as Taliban tightens grip

‘He’s going to be in s**t, one way or the other’: first-hand accounts reveal tense situation in Afghanistan

Senior reporter

A doctor calmly returns to work in western Afghanistan, while on the other side of the country in the capital, Kabul, a woman hides in her house, too terrified to go outside as Taliban fighters roam the streets — and this while, at the airport north of the city, a South African contractor witnesses chaotic scenes with panicking civilians blocking the runways as they beg for flights to safety.

These were just some of the first-hand stories coming out of Afghanistan last week as Kabul fell to the Taliban, almost without a fight after their lightning-fast offensive across the country.

In Herat, 820km west of Kabul, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) project coordinator Mamman Mustapha told Sunday Times Daily that the situation in the area was currently calm...

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