Swiss relief organization pilot Daniel Juzi (54) is flying again in Afghanistan
“Taliban respects my golden stripes”
When the Taliban seized power in Kabul a year earlier, Daniel Juzzi (54) brought Pactec aid organization planes to safety. Now he is back at work.
When the Taliban took power a year ago, Swiss pilot Daniel Zuzzi (54) had safely evacuated the planes of the humanitarian aid organization PACTEC. Now he and his allies have sent three machines from Armenia back to Afghanistan, where they were stationed. “We’re back at work here for three weeks,” says Juzi Blick over the phone.
Pactec transports personnel and materials to and from support organizations. “Some of these NGOs stayed after the change of power, but many left the country and are now daring to return,” says Juzi, who lives with his family in Gosau ZH. came back. “We are currently flying to 30 airfields, some in very remote areas.”
Registered in Suriname
Last year, Juji had planned to return to Afghanistan from Switzerland. Above all, the re-registration of pilots was a challenge. “We were reprimanded in 25 countries, even the USA, where we were previously registered, no longer wanted us.” In the end, Suriname would have agreed with him because he had promised a good image.
Juzi, who has been living in Kabul with his family for 17 years, is again working in Afghanistan for a month and has moved to the same rooms as before August 15, 2021. In between, he returns to Switzerland for two or three weeks.
He saw that a few days ago when the US shot down al-Qaeda boss Aiman al-Zawahiri († 71) with a drone in Kabul. “I was at the airport when there were three explosions,” he says. Two days later, it was announced who was responsible for the attack.
cooperation with the Taliban
Juzi says he does a good job with the Taliban. « In the last 25 years that I have been working here, I have never felt more secure than I do now. Corruption has also come down significantly.”
He experiences great hospitality in Afghanistan and has never drank that much tea or shook hands several times in the last three weeks. And of course it also makes an impression when he shows up in his pilot’s uniform. Juzi: “The Taliban respect my golden stripes.”