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Sunday, December 04, 2022

“We had a good job – now we are beggars”

Everything had to happen very quickly. After the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan in August 2021, thanks to the help of the German Bundeswehr and the support of elite Swiss troops, the federal government was able to bring employees and other Swiss citizens stationed in Kabul to safety.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) operated a cooperation office in the capital of Afghanistan. Because the Taliban could see local activists as Western allies, living in Afghanistan was too dangerous for them. Employees and their families, a total of 218 people came to Switzerland on humanitarian visas.

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