- Title: Support network for Afghan staff strongly criticises German government
- Date: 24th August 2021
- Summary: FRANKFURT, GERMANY (RECENT - AUGUST 18, 2021) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ARRIVING AFGHAN EVACUEES EMBRACED BY RELATIVES ALREADY IN GERMANY ARRIVALS BOARD SHOWING LUFTHANSA FLIGHT 341 FROM TASHKENT VARIOUS OF MOHAMMAD ZAKIR AND FAMILY FROM MUENSTER ARRIVING AND HUGGING WOMAN VARIOUS OF ZAKIR HUGGING PEOPLE YOUNG FAMILY ARRIVING AND WALKING PAST DOBERLUG-KIRCHHAIN, GERMANY (RECENT - AUGUST 20, 2021) (REUTERS) NIGHT VIEW OF AFGHAN EVACUEES GETTING OFF BUS OUTSIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER RUN BY GERMAN RED CROSS AFTER ARRIVING FROM FRANKFURT AIRPORT, AN ALMOST 6-HOUR DRIVE EVACUEES WITH SMALL CHILDREN ENTERING TENT FOR CORONAVIRUS RAPID TEST, WORKER CLOSING TENT EVACUEES WALKING TOWARDS BUILDING EVACUEES WALKING UP STAIRS INSIDE BUILDING, SEEN THROUGH WINDOW
- Embargoed: 7th September 2021 10:52
- Keywords: Afghanistan evacuation support network for Afghan staff
- Location: BERLIN & FRANKFURT & DOVERLUG-KIRCHHAIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN & FRANKFURT & DOVERLUG-KIRCHHAIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Europe
- Reuters ID: LVA002ERN1GEF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The support network for local Afghan staff strongly criticised the German government on Tuesday (August 24) for failing to help and demanded an evacuation without hurdles.
German army officer and head of the German organisation founded by troops, Marcus Grotian, told reporters during a news conference in Berlin that they felt "overwhelmed and bitter".
He said they were overwhelmed by the countless offers of help and the empathy of the people in Germany, but they were also overwhelmed with disbelief, "because government parties and politicians have disregarded the warnings, ignored the evidence and possible solutions, pushed off responsibilities."
Grotian spoke of a total of 8,000 local staff and their close relatives who should have a right to leave. Of these, he said, perhaps just under 2000 were in Germany. Grotian demanded that bureaucratic hurdles be dropped and that not only those people on ministerial lists be flown out.
Grotian accused the German government of making the procedure for leaving the country too bureaucratic from the start. Cooperation between the responsible ministries had not worked out. He had therefore repeatedly turned to the Chancellor's Office.
The support network for local Afghan staff aims to help them leave the country and make it easier for them to get a start in Germany. Grotian was himself deployed in Afghanistan for the Bundeswehr.
(Production: Matthias Rietschel, Hakan Erdem, Ulrike Heil)
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