British Student stuck in Afghanistan on holiday evacuated to safety
A British student who claimed he was stuck in Kabul after going on holiday to Afghanistan ‘because it was dangerous’ has been ‘evacuated’.
Miles Routledge, 21, said he had been abandoned by the British Embassy in the Afghan capital and was hiding in a United Nations safe house following several failed attempts to escape the city.
Mr Routlege from Birmingham, had visited the country thinking it’ll be safe to visit because the country would not fall to the Taliban for several months.
But on Sunday, August 15, Taliban troops rolled into the capital, seizing power as president Ashraf Ghani ran for his life.
The Loughborough physics student has now shared an update, saying he has been rescued from Taliban territory and had been able to catch a flight to Dubai.
Mr Routledge wrote on Facebook: ‘Got Evacuated at 4ish (it’s 2 am now) with 100 or so other civilians, couldn’t message as there were cars emitting signals that would set off bombs, it blocked my AirPods from connecting so I think it blocked all wifi/data.
‘The Taliban let us go through the airport and we met many of them, very long transition period but everyone was smiling and waving at one another, some took selfies with them. I slept on a dirt/gravel road and woke up as cars went by. We’re in a new safe house and we’re all hydrated, happy and ready for a few hours of sleep.’
Shortly after he posted an update saying: ‘On the flight out we aren’t allowed any liquids at all, no razors and only 1 bag up to 10kg so everyone is tossing all their belongings into a pile.
‘People are donating each other their items because they can’t carry them. Some lads stuffed my body armour and bag with protein bars, over 20 of them. Very happy man (right now). Thank you lads.’