A top New Zealand military official has spoken of the difficult task of soldiers working amid a frustrated crowd in Kabul to evacuate fugitives from Afghanistan.
Rear Admiral Jim Gulmore, commander of the New Zealand Joint Forces, said. Morning report. Special forces on the ground in Kabul faced difficult situations working to identify those eligible for evacuation.
They evicted New Zealanders, their families and visa holders.
The soldiers have said before. Getting people out of a canal, Through sewage and barbed wire to get them to safety.
Glamor said the work he did was significant.
“We had special forces on the ground, and their job was to liaise with other government agencies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Immigration New Zealand, to identify those who met the eligibility criteria to return to New Zealand. Get off, find them in a crowd – obviously a high-risk environment, and imagine and design them as best you can inside the airport – always when the doors were open.
The work was tireless, and the consequences of making things worse. He said it was emotional for the soldiers and the people he was working with.
“[There were] Thousands of desperate people are trying to get out of the country, pleading with those who can help them at the airfield. Trying to find them in the crowd was no easy task.
“It was a time of great pressure for our troops on the ground, witnessing some horrific situations, crowds of people and the impending threat of terrorist activity, which eventually came to light.”
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Gilmore said the New Zealand evacuation team had a small “women’s engagement team” that made sure that cultural sensitivities were met when working with women and young people, so that Obstacles to communication and action can be reduced.
It is estimated that more than 500 people were eligible to come to New Zealand. Were unable to extract.