Afghan translator trapped in Kabul describes a 'ghost city' as thousands flee

That includes translator Faridoon Hazeen. Fox News has been tracking his progress or lack of it. He’s been turned away from the airport. He’s in hiding because the Taliban has raided his home as well as getting many threats. He fears for his life as well as his wife and four children. 

“I have a feeling this is a ‘ghost city’ … a city of the ‘Walking Dead,’” he told us in a recent video message, “You can’t imagine what is going to happen next and can’t predict your situation.” 

Hundreds of people gather near a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane at a perimeter at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. 

Hundreds of people gather near a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane at a perimeter at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday.  (AP)

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Women are also definitely in the line of fire. Images of the Taliban beating women as they try to evacuate have been widely circulated. Last month when Fox News was in Kabul, we profiled brave female activist Shukria Barakzai.   

“If you see the crowds around the airport it’s more and more,” she told us in a recent audio message, “it seems purposely the Taliban wants to delay people, they want to take their revenge.”

After being abused by the Taliban she was able to get out. As have many thousands now, including a group of people who worked for Fox News. Fox, like other media organizations, organized a flight for them over the weekend.    

One Afghan producer who has worked tirelessly in the past for Fox is now in Qatar. Upon arrival, out of the grips of the Taliban, he texted us: “It’s a great feeling.”  

Many more need to feel that now.

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