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Brit dad, 32, fears he’s a ‘sitting duck’ for the Taliban as he begs for help to come home with his wife and two kids



A BRIT advised how he is “stranded in hell” in Afghanistan – and begged Boris Johnson to intervene and deliver him home to his wife and two kids.

Yusuf Armani, 32, is caught in Kabul and fears he is a “sitting duck” for the Taliban.

Minicab driver Yusuf with his two kids Ayanah (left) and Sahil (proper) on a day trip in CardiffCredit: Yusuf Armani

He made an impassioned attraction for help as he revealed he is one in every of no less than 60 British males nonetheless trapped in Kabul.

Minicab driver Yusuf is determined to get again to his Cardiff home and his determined wife Menaz Salim, 33, son Sahil, 12, and seven-year-old daughter Ayanah.

Bearded Yusuf despatched movies to The Sun to spotlight his plight.

And in an emotional plea he advised us over the cellphone: “Please, please help me get again to my kids.

“I’m caught in hell and very scared.

“As a British citizen I really feel deserted and upset that we’ve got no-one to help us.

“I am asking the government to step in. I am desperate.”

With the British Embassy in Kabul closed and all consulate workers again in the UK, cabbie Yusuf is at a loss what to do.

He mentioned: “There is no-one right here.

“I’ve spoken to Home Office officers on the cellphone and been advised to wait. There isn’t any plan.

“I’ve no cash left and don’t know what to do. It is lawless right here; there is no such thing as a rule. I’m frightened.

“I’m nervous about plans to kill me.

“I’ve spoken to my two kids on the cellphone and advised them I’m coming home. But I don’t know if that’s the case.

“My daughter didn’t need to go to faculty this morning. I begged her to keep on as regular.

“As a British citizen I hope and pray my pleas are being heard.”

There are not any British embassy officers left in the capital metropolis to help Yusuf’s plight.

He has been pressured to descend on the Pakistan embassy in Kabul to beg officers to let him cross into the neighbouring nation from Afghanistan. And from Pakistan he might then fly home on his British passport.

But Pakistan officers have to date refused to give him a visa to cross the border from Afghanistan, simply two hours from Kabul.

Yusuf, who has lived in the UK since 2005 and has a minicab license from Cardiff Council, was caught out by the pace of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

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He arrived in Afghanistan on August 14 on a one-way ticket. As with earlier journeys, he wasn’t certain of when he would return, so was going to e book his return flight in Kabul.

He had been visiting his mom, sister and brother, and with minimal entry to news shops, scrambled to meet the sudden deadline for Brits to depart the nation.

The father of two was at Kabul airport on August 26 when a bomb wreaked havoc as civilians sought escape flights from the Taliban-controlled nation.

At least 95 folks had been killed and 150 others wounded.

The Pentagon confirmed 13 US service personnel had been amongst these killed.

Among the useless had been Yusuf’s sister’s daughter, and one other distant relative.

He mentioned: “I was told to flee the airport before the bomb. I managed to escape with my life. But now I’m very afraid.”

Yusuf fears retaliation from the bloodthirsty Taliban.

In video clips from the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, he mentioned: “We are ready right here at the Pakistan embassy from 9 o’clock in the morning and we want help to be offered.

“No-one has responded and there are households ready as properly. No-one is aware of we’re caught right here.

“Please we need help. Thank you very much.”

Yusuf’s British pal Haji Khan Zahiri, 32, can also be caught in Kabul and there are up to 60 males going through the similar ordeal to return home.

The Foreign Secretary travelled to Qatar and Pakistan earlier this month to focus on how to hold important evacuation routes open. Since then 34 British Nationals have been carried to security on two flights to Doha facilitated by the Qatari authorities.

Sources mentioned the authorities was involved with British nationals and others and are attempting to help. 

So far the UK has evacuated over 15,000 folks, together with virtually 7,000 British nationals and their households.

The UK and G7 companions have been clear that the Taliban should enable protected passage for those that need to depart. 

A UK authorities spokesperson advised The Sun: “The UK and worldwide companions are all dedicated to making certain that our residents, nationals and residents, workers, Afghans who’ve labored with us and those that are in danger can proceed to journey freely to locations outdoors Afghanistan.

“We are working closely with our partners in the region to ensure vital evacuation routes out of Afghanistan remain open and the Taliban keep to their commitment to allow safe passage for those who want to leave.”

Yusuf with his 12-year-old son Sahil who he's desperate to get back to see
Yusuf with his 12-year-old son Sahil who he’s determined to get again to seeCredit: Yusuf Armani
Happier times...Yusuf with his two children and a family member (far left)
Happier instances…Yusuf with his two kids and a member of the family (far left)Credit: Yusuf Armani

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