Ajmal Rahmani has fled battle in Afghanistan, solely to seek out himself trapped within the midst of one other conflict.
After leaving Afghanistan a 12 months in the past, Ajmal Rahmani believed he had discovered a haven of peace in Ukraine.
This week, he and his household needed to flee once more, this time to Poland, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“I run from one conflict, come to a different nation and one other conflict begins. Very unhealthy luck,” Rahmani informed AFP shortly after crossing the border.
His seven-year-old daughter Marwa clutched a beige-coloured smooth toy canine as Rahmani spoke.
Along with Marwa, his spouse Mina and son Omar, 11, the household walked the final 30km (18 miles) to the crossing on foot due to the gridlock on the Ukrainian aspect of the border.
After arriving in Medyka, on the Polish aspect, the household waited with different refugees for a bus to take them to the close by metropolis of Przemysl.
A whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals have fled in the course of the 4 days of battle into neighbouring international locations, primarily Poland, Hungary and Romania. The United Nations’ refugee company (UNHCR) says greater than 500,000 individuals have fled Ukraine, practically 300,000 of them coming into Poland.
Whereas a lot of the refugees are Ukrainian, amongst them are additionally college students and migrant staff from additional afield, together with Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India and Nepal.
‘I misplaced the whole lot’
Rahmani, who’s in his 40s, mentioned he labored for NATO in Afghanistan for 18 years at Kabul airport.
He determined to depart the nation 4 months earlier than the US withdrawal after receiving threats. The Taliban armed group returned to energy final August, 20 years after it was toppled in a US-led NATO invasion.
“I had a great life in Afghanistan, I had a non-public home, I had a non-public automobile, I had a great wage,” Rahmani mentioned. “I bought my automobile, my home, my the whole lot. I misplaced the whole lot.”
Ukraine was the one nation that might grant the household a visa. They arrange dwelling in Odesa, a Black Sea port metropolis.
When Russia started its invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, they left the whole lot once more and travelled the 1,110km (690 miles) to the border.
Rahmani and his household, like others with no Polish visa, now have 15 days to get registered, mentioned Tomasz Pietrzak, a lawyer with the Ocalenie (Salvation) Basis, a charity for migrants.
“Poland should in a short time amend its laws on this difficulty,” he mentioned.
Rahmani mentioned he was involved in regards to the future however was inspired by the nice and cozy welcome he acquired from volunteers and officers helping the stream of refugees on the Polish aspect of the border.
“They gave us power,” he mentioned.