Final Evacuation Flight Leaves Kabul ��� As It Happened

A group of 30 Brits stranded in Afghanistan have pleaded for help getting them and their families to the UK and accused the government of abandoning them to the Taliban

Sixteen men, many holding British passports, appeared in a secretly recorded video pleading with the UK government to evacuate citizens left behind in Afghanistan more than three months after the Taliban took power. 

A spokesperson explained the group included 100 Brits and that 30 had managed to gather in Kabul to record the message on October 18.   

He said: 'We demand that the government does not walk away from its responsibilities towards its citizens and their families. We need to get back to our lives in the UK'. 

The group have been stuck in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control on August 15 following a lightning offensive of the country as the final US troops withdrew after 20 years.    

The spokesperson said that among the group were NHS workers, builders, plumbers, engineers, taxi drivers and one professional boxer and called on the UK government to allow them to return to their lives in Britain in a video sent to ITV

The group asked for visa requirements to be waived for their immediate family members and slammed the government for not putting on flights from the 'fully operational' Kabul airport.

They said evacuation flights for US citizens were 'taking off daily' and questioned why the British government had 'abandoned' them and their families.  

The message also said Pen Farthing had done a 'better job' at getting his cats and dogs out of the country than Westminster had done evacuating its citizens. 

The spokesperson described how many of the group missed the final evacuation flights out of Kabul in late August because they were unable to reach a hotel, where they were instructed to gather, or the airport because of strict checkpoints. 

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: 'We will continue to do all we can to secure safe passage to enable British nationals and eligible Afghans to leave the country.' 

Sixteen men, many holding British passports, appeared in a secretly recorded video pleading with the UK government to evacuate citizens and their families left behind in Afghanistan

Sixteen men, many holding British passports, appeared in a secretly recorded video pleading with the UK government to evacuate citizens and their families left behind in Afghanistan

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