A pregnant woman named Nasria, a 25-year-old California native, told the Voice of America that the Taliban is “hunting Americans.”
“I think to myself, ‘Am I going to make it home? Am I going to end up living here? Am I going to end up dying here? What’s going to happen?” Nasria, who asked to be referred to only by her first name for safety reasons, said. “Apparently they’re [the Taliban] going door-to-door … trying to see if anybody has a blue passport,” she said.
Nasria flew to Afghanistan in June to visit family and get married. As of early September, she remained one of the estimated 100 to 200 Americans left behind in the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces, according to a report.
As the country fell to the Taliban, Nasria and her husband, an Afghan national, hurried to the Kabul airport in an effort to evacuate. She said the U.S. State Department told her “You will get picked up” after the flight she booked to return to the U.S. was canceled.
She said she and her husband tried to get to the specified location for 12 to 13 hours but the Taliban blocked them at gunpoint even as she showed them her U.S. passport. “Our troops were literally at the gate just waiting for us to continue walking and they had blocked us,” she said.
At one point in frustration she walked as fast as she could past the Taliban security forces but they “started shooting right by my leg and told me to come back or they will shoot me.” And although her husband pleaded for the Taliban to let her go without him, she refused, revealing she’s pregnant.
“My child is going to need a father and I’m going to need a husband by my side,” she said, adding that she knew once she left Afghanistan she would never return [FOX].
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