The United States is set to repatriate Nepalis working at its embassy in Afghanistan after the Taliban insurgent group seized control of the area around the capital, Kabul. About 300 Nepalis are currently providing security at the US embassy.
A Nepali working at the US embassy told Kantipur by telephone from Kabul that the US could send him to Nepal by plane at any time. “The situation here has deteriorated. Many US troops have returned. We have been told to be ready to return. No date has been set for the return,” said a Nepali security guard at the embassy.
Afghanistan has been under siege by the Taliban since the United States withdrew its security forces two decades later. The Nepali security personnel said that the US embassy was sending them back considering the same issue. The floor company, which already works for the US military, has returned its “civilian” workers. Among them were about 150 Nepalis. The company has taken them to Dubai. “It’s been a week since we came to Dubai from Kabul and stayed at a hotel,” said a Nepali who has been working for the floor company for 10 years. Those who don’t get tickets are staying at the hotel. ‘
The Floor Company has been evicting Nepalis working in the field of office assistants, administrative staff and drivers from Kabul since the end of July. According to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, Nepalis work in Afghanistan at the US Embassy, the European Union, the United Nations, the Canadian Embassy, the World Bank, the British Embassy, the Baron Hotel and the Green Village.
The companies that will take them there are AEGIS LLC, Page Protection Service, International Department of Gorkha, Saver International, Hart, GeForce and Shield Security. These companies have stated that the Nepali security guards are on high alert.
“Nepali security guards guarding airports and embassies are still in Kabul,” he said. That is why they are living in peace, ”he said. “The company and the embassy that assigned us here should take responsibility. So far we have not panicked. The companies have warned that they should leave Kabul immediately in case of an emergency, ‘said a Nepali security guard who has been working for the GeForce company for a decade.
Violence has escalated since US and NATO troops withdrew from Afghanistan, with the Taliban launching attacks on government security forces and occupying various cities and areas. According to Secretary at the Ministry of Labor Surya Prasad Gautam, there are currently 14,565 employees in Afghanistan. According to the Ministry, 330 Nepali workers have gone to Afghanistan with labor permits. Nepalis have gone to Afghanistan illegally through other means without getting a labor permit, but the government does not have data on that. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet given any information about the number and condition of Nepalis living in Afghanistan illegally. The Nepalese embassy in New Delhi on Friday had a discussion with the companies sending workers to Afghanistan on how many workers there are and how they are working.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Seva Lamsal said that the Nepalese Embassy in New Delhi, which is in charge of Afghanistan, has been in touch with the Nepalese living in Afghanistan.
Government should rescue Nepalis immediately
Although the United States is preparing to repatriate Nepalese working at its embassy, no news has come out about the repatriation of Nepalese working at other foreign embassies and UN offices until Saturday evening.
Foreign expert Dinesh Bhattarai suggested that the government should rescue Nepalis living in Afghanistan immediately. He said that an initiative should be taken to bring Nepalis back by talking to the company and the organization they are working for. “We have to hurry, otherwise it could be slow because the conflict is escalating there,” he said.
Another foreign affairs expert, Rajan Bhattarai, said that the government had returned its citizens during the Covid-19 transition in China and Afghanistan in 2016. “In the current situation, the government’s focus needs to be on saving the lives of Nepalis rather than on domestic politics,” he suggested.