“It was midnight when we were sitting at home. Everyone was shouting with concern when we heard the Taliban had taken over Afghanistan. The country had fallen.”
On August 16th, Nallia and her family rushed to the Kabul Airport along with thousands of others in hopes of fleeing the nation before the new Taliban rule fully settled in. In desperation to get out, Nallia, her husband, their four children and her brother lived on the streets for 11 days waiting for an opportunity to get inside the gates of the airport and on to freedom. It never came.
As she struggled through her emotions, Nallia shared about the explosion at the airport many of us remember from the news.
“When the explosion happened in the airport, it felt like I was dead, and I was afraid I was not alive. I was shouting for my husband because I couldn’t see from the smoke. When the smoke finally went away, there were bodies lying on the ground and blood on the street.” She was overwhelmed with emotion as she turned and saw her husband and children were still alive.
After regaining composure they continued waiting outside the gates of the Kabul Airport. One night they were approached by Taliban members upset that her family was trying to leave.