Relief as fleeing Afghans arrive in Qatar – and the terror of those left behind

  • Date: 25-Aug-2021
  • Source: The Economist
  • Sector:Transport
  • Country:Qatar
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Relief as fleeing Afghans arrive in Qatar – and the terror of those left behind

On the tarmac at Al Udeid airbase in Qatar, a C17 plane opens its doors to a new life.

We're greeted by a sea of faces - some smile with relief, others look devastated, almost all of them look tired. There are lots of children, several babies and some in wheelchairs.

It's a three-hour flight here from Kabul but before that, we know there were days of struggle. One 16 year old stops to tell me he's so happy to be here. It's his first time in an aeroplane. What a maiden flight.