‘Monsters at the door’: migrant workers trapped in UN Afghan compound

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Security contractors among hundreds from the Philippines, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka stuck without clear plans for evacuation

When Taliban fighters started to kick at the door of a UN compound in a northern province 250 miles (400km) from the Afghan capital, Kabul, Rajesh* was certain he was going to be killed.

The Taliban had taken control of the area on that day. Rajesh, a UN security contractor from India, hurried with his colleagues into an emergency steel-doored room. Before they sealed themselves in, they saw a group of seven or eight heavily armed men.

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Written by Katie McQue
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/sep/03/monsters-at-the-door-migrant-workers-trapped-in-un-afghan-compound under the title “‘Monsters at the door’: migrant workers trapped in UN Afghan compound”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.