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DFA reports 40 more Filipinos evacuated from Afghanistan

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirms the successful evacuation of 40 more Filipino individuals caught stranded in the middle of disturbance in Afghanistan.

According to DFA, the Philippine embassy in Islamabad has secured the deportation of 30 Filipinos to Pakistan.

The remaining 10 Filipinos were able to flee from the country - wherein eight of them have departed to Dubai and UAE. Moreover, one went to Doha, Qatar, and the other has gone to Paris, France.

It was Sunday, August 15, 2021, when Taliban forces have officially taken over the governance of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, following the escape of Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.

This news brought extreme worries and anxiety to all Afghan citizens and foreign residents due to the unforeseeable events that may occur due to this disorder in Afghanistan.

To this, DFA announced Alert Level 4 over the entire country of Afghanistan, given the possibility of “large-scale internal conflict or full-blown external attack.”

DFA had also made urgent measures and calls for the potential repatriation of 132 Filipinos in the country.

From the initial actions of DFA, 35 Filipinos safely returned from Afghanistan, which was succeeded by the other 40 successfully evacuated Filipinos in the country.

Additionally, the Philippine government expressed willingness to provide refuge to Afghans. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has commended this effort.

Approximately there are still 49 Filipinos left in Afghanistan, and 42 of them wish to be repatriated.

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