Their homes shattered, their hopes smashed to the ground, their present in danger and their future, certainly evaporating in thin air instead of seeming somewhere around, where do the vulnerable people of Afghanistan go? What will become of them?
In an age where Instagram poetry is the ‘thing of the day,’ no Shelly, Keats or Shakespeare of the 21st century can ever pen the perfect eulogy to those lives that were lost in Afghanistan for the ‘righteous’ cause.
But then nor can anyone succinctly explain what may become of the future of those who simply played a mock witness to endless bickering and needless warring, much of which-if not all- reduced Afghanistan to a blood-riddled playground of dirty politicking.
“America has left the building,” to borrow a leaf from the Elvis movie, but so have the Russians, Israelis and whatnot, albeit not before stunting the prospects of progress a country that perhaps doesn’t know what development truly means.
For factually speaking, it’s not necessarily determined by the number of floors in a building, but much rather by the heights the human mind scales.
Afghanistan has talent, and don’t forget, innocent lives, (on top of resources), majority of which today wander listless as the bloodied streets of Kabul or the alleys of Panjshir stink of the very lows to which we human beings- if you can call Taliban that- have plunged.
That’s where there’s a tiny modicum of hope, if one might want to use this phrase, in the context of Germany, which as of a few hours back, happily accepted the ‘vulnerable’ Afghans.
You read that right.
Under Angela Merkel’s leadership, the soon-to-be-outgoing chancellor, Germany has already given a green signal to take in no fewer than 2,000 individuals from Afghanistan.
But it’s pretty much a move that, while surely is underlined by a sense of empathy for the other, would still compel many to paint a political narrative around the whole scenario.
That’s when it is pretty clear- and been evident- that from the onset of 2015, Germany has been soft and accepting on the front of accepting the displaced or the vulnerable.
Yet, one supposes, there could still be those who’d suggest the above happened out of the need to attain political gains or garner some kind of brownie points.
Certainly not a move that would please the AFD a great deal!
But then, one’s got to do what one’s got to do, especially during moments of grave crisis, right
Here’s what the revered Business Standard had to say on the key story from the beating heart of Western Europe:
Interior Ministry spokesman Steve Alter told reporters in Berlin that security forces would run identity checks after Interior Ministry Horst Seehofer admitted that people with criminal records were airlifted to Germany from Kabul.
The German DPA news agency says there are roughly 2,600 at-risk people and their family members on the ministries’ list.
The majority of them remain in Afghanistan or have fled to neighbouring countries after the Taliban takeover in mid-August.
The above told, what’ll be interesting would be to note as to how the everyday Germans would react (or would have reacted) to this development. Right?