Barely a year after the Taliban took power, around one in three former local German workers is still in Afghanistan.

According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the departure of local staff from Afghanistan is currently "slower and more difficult".

Luke Fuhr

Editor in Politics.

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A spokeswoman for the ministry said on Wednesday that the Taliban are preventing people without passports from leaving the country.

In addition, hardly any passports were issued.

After the Taliban took power a year ago, visas have been issued for around 21,800 local workers and people who are particularly vulnerable.

The chairman of the Bundestag's commission of inquiry on the Afghanistan mission, Michael Müller (SPD), said on ZDF that it was particularly difficult for women to leave the country.

However, many former local staff only wanted to leave the country with their families and therefore had to wait until the women also had visas and ID cards.

The departure usually takes place first in a neighboring country, especially to Pakistan, since direct travel to Germany is not possible.

Appeal from activists

Activists from the group "United Voice of Women for Peace" see the German government as having a duty to make more commitments to accept Afghans and to speed up the recognition process.

In addition, the federal government should grant the status of local staff to all those who work on a voluntary or paid basis for German institutions, organizations and companies as well as subcontractors.

According to the activists, tens of thousands are still waiting in Afghanistan.

“We were saved from Hell.

Now we are in Germany and in freedom.

But we can't get the Taliban's cruel acts against thousands of other women and men who are suffering like we are suffering," says an appeal by the activists published by the organization Pro Asyl.