Ajmal Rahmani has fled battle in Afghanistan, solely to search out himself trapped within the midst of one other struggle.
After leaving Afghanistan a 12 months in the past, Ajmal Rahmani believed he had discovered a haven of peace in Ukraine.
This week, he and his household needed to flee once more, this time to Poland, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“I run from one struggle, come to a different nation and one other struggle begins. Very dangerous luck,” Rahmani advised AFP shortly after crossing the border.
His seven-year-old daughter Marwa clutched a beige-coloured delicate toy canine as Rahmani spoke.
Along with Marwa, his spouse Mina and son Omar, 11, the household walked the final 30km (18 miles) to the crossing on foot due to the gridlock on the Ukrainian aspect of the border.
After arriving in Medyka, on the Polish aspect, the household waited with different refugees for a bus to take them to the close by metropolis of Przemysl.
Lots of of 1000’s of individuals have fled throughout the 4 days of battle into neighbouring international locations, primarily Poland, Hungary and Romania. The United Nations’ refugee company (UNHCR) says greater than 500,000 individuals have fled Ukraine, almost 300,000 of them getting into Poland.
Whereas a lot of the refugees are Ukrainian, amongst them are additionally college students and migrant employees from additional afield, together with Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India and Nepal.
‘I misplaced every part’
Rahmani, who’s in his 40s, stated he labored for NATO in Afghanistan for 18 years at Kabul airport.
He determined to go away the nation 4 months earlier than the US withdrawal after receiving threats. The Taliban armed group returned to energy final August, 20 years after it was toppled in a US-led NATO invasion.
“I had a very good life in Afghanistan, I had a personal home, I had a personal automobile, I had a very good wage,” Rahmani stated. “I bought my automobile, my home, my every part. I misplaced every part.”
Ukraine was the one nation that may grant the household a visa. They arrange residence in Odesa, a Black Sea port metropolis.
When Russia started its invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, they left every part once more and travelled the 1,110km (690 miles) to the border.
Rahmani and his household, like others with out a Polish visa, now have 15 days to get registered, stated Tomasz Pietrzak, a lawyer with the Ocalenie (Salvation) Basis, a charity for migrants.
“Poland should in a short time amend its laws on this difficulty,” he stated.
Rahmani stated he was involved concerning the future however was inspired by the nice and cozy welcome he obtained from volunteers and officers aiding the stream of refugees on the Polish aspect of the border.
“They gave us vitality,” he stated.