Afghanistan: What will become of the people fleeing? | The Stream

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With the Taliban now running Afghanistan, chaos has erupted in the capital as thousands of locals and foreigners rush to flee the country before foreign troops exit next week. But severe overcrowding at Kabul's airport has made leaving difficult, and the situation has escalated into deadly violence.

The United States said it will step up evacuations ahead of its August 31 troop withdrawal deadline. President Joe Biden said the US is on track to meet that date, despite pressure that troops stay longer.

Meanwhile, questions abound about where to place the thousands of Afghans who are leaving the country - many of whom fear reprisals for assisting foreign forces during the 20-year war.

Within Afghanistan itself, decades of war, recent violence and the threat of COVID-19 have created a "humanitarian emergency", the United Nations recently said.

It is urging the international community to accept Afghan asylum requests as its staff and other rights groups struggle to assist locals on the ground with food, shelter and protection from violence.

In this episode of The Stream we discuss the latest developments in Afghanistan and track the fate of Afghan refugees.

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