Berlin – On his trip to the neighboring countries of Afghanistan, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) affirmed that he was looking for new escape routes for vulnerable Afghans – with this he made far-reaching commitments to the Afghan local staff, activists and journalists who were left behind in the Hindu Kush. He promised everyone who did not make it on the rescue flights that they would not abandon them. Nonetheless, criticism of the German government continues – above all, that local Afghan workers and other vulnerable Afghans were not flown out before the radical Islamic Taliban came to power.
According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), 634 local workers including family members were brought to Germany during the airlift organized by the government. The BMI spokesman pointed out that the number of requests for help only increased significantly after the start of the airlift – to at least 40,000 people.
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