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An the day Kabul fell, prosecutor Mohammad Andarabi bought a name from the American Bagram Air Base. The Taliban had simply taken over the navy base's jail and launched the roughly 5,000 inmates. Andarabi knew what that meant. As a public prosecutor on the native navy court docket, he had put a variety of high-ranking Taliban commanders behind bars.

Friederike Böge

Political correspondent for Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan primarily based in Ankara.

For instance Haji Mali Khan, who’s now the deputy military chief of the federal government in Kabul. Or Salhuddin Ayubi, the then provincial chief of the Taliban in Faryab within the Bundeswehr's operational space. “I put him in prison for 16 years,” Andarabi mentioned in an residence within the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

Ayubi now resides because the Taliban's mannequin Uzbek within the Kabul villa of former warlord Rashid Dostum. After the decision from Bagram on August 15, 2021, the prosecutor fled to Kandahar in a taxi. He obtained a visa for Pakistan and crossed the border. His spouse and 5 youngsters adopted later.

They've been hoping and ready ever since. Andarabi despatched requires assist to America and utilized for the German federal admission program. He acquired a solution from a corporation that works with the federal authorities: “You have been verified as a prosecutor and a member of the International Association of Prosecutors. We are lobbying the German government directly to ensure that you are included in the program.”

“They forgot about us”

That was in January 2023. Since then there was silence. “They have forgotten us,” says Andarabi. The ready will get in your nerves. “The biggest problem is my children’s education.” They haven’t been to high school for 2 and a half years. The household's visas have lengthy since expired. They don't have the cash for brand spanking new ones. The Pakistani police had been already there and threatened to deport them. They removed them with a bribe. Others had been much less fortunate. Andarabi is aware of of 300 Afghan prosecutors who’re staying in Pakistan. 16 of them have already been deported.

In October 2022, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser began the federal admission program. After the chaotic evacuation of former native Bundeswehr employees and different Afghans threatened by the Taliban, the federal authorities needed to create an orderly process.

According to the announcement, a thousand notably susceptible individuals ought to be dropped at Germany each month. But a 12 months and a half after this system's official begin, a complete of simply 240 individuals have arrived in Germany. A very good thousand extra have acquired affirmation of admission. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, tens of hundreds like Andarabi are clinging to the imprecise hope that emails from Germany have woke up in them.

The thought for the federal admission program is definitely revolutionary: People who’re politically persecuted can apply digitally from Afghanistan after which – if they’re accepted – obtain the entry paperwork on the embassy in Islamabad so as to come to Germany legally. Normally, an asylum utility is simply doable in Germany, which is why most refugees should enter illegally. Only those that can increase the cash for the smugglers come to Europe. In the brand new program, the federal authorities can now resolve from Berlin who has probably the most pressing causes to flee. And it will probably management how many individuals it lets into the nation – relying on its reception capability. But irrespective of how revolutionary this system could also be, its progress up to now reveals the pitfalls and dramas that lie in a managed refugee coverage.