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Trying to flee Kabul: ‘We had no information at all’

By DW
10 September 2021   |   4:17 pm
Ahmad R. was one of 5,347 people flown out of Kabul by the German Bundeswehr. Maryam K. is still hoping to leave Afghanistan. They share their stories with DW.

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