Thousands flee Taliban-occupied Afghanistan and walk miles across the desert across Pakistan and Iran

Exodus: Biblical scene as thousands flee Taliban-occupied Afghanistan and walk miles across the desert across the Pakistani border to Iran

  • Remarkable Clip Shows Thousands Desperately Fleeing Taliban-Afghanistan
  • Human caravan depicted crossing the desert border from Pakistan to Iran
  • Migrants who survived the journey describe a scene of chaos, with the elderly, pregnant women and babies among those making the perilous journey
  • Comes as MPs voiced concern over new influx of migrants into Europe


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Remarkable images show the truly epic scale of the exodus of Afghans fleeing their country to head west.

The almost biblical scenes of the mass migration across the desert where the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran meet show an endless river of people flowing between the mountains.

And for British politicians concerned about an influx of migrants to Europe, these images will confirm their worst fears.

The mass migration across the desert where the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran meet shows an endless river of people flowing between the mountains

The mass migration across the desert where the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran meet shows an endless river of people flowing between the mountains

In the images, with the human caravan stretching as far as the eye can see, few words are spoken

In the images, with the human caravan stretching as far as the eye can see, few words are spoken

In the images, with the human caravan stretching as far as the eye can see, few words are spoken

For these men, women and children, their first destination is likely to be Turkey, still more than 1,000 miles away in Iran

For these men, women and children, their first destination is likely to be Turkey, still over 1,000 miles away in Iran

For these men, women and children, their first destination is likely to be Turkey, still more than 1,000 miles away in Iran

For these men, women and children, their first destination will likely be Turkey, still more than 1,000 miles away in Iran, and from there many of them will hope to get to Europe and Britain.

A migrant who recently made the same trip said the piece shown is at the end of a four-hour trek through rough terrain, where the Afghan refugees, who have briefly traveled through Pakistan, continue their journey with Iranian people smugglers.

He said, “These are the poorest people, because there are other ways that you have to walk less, but those routes cost more.”

The Afghans’ journey began in desolate Nimruz, Afghanistan’s most sparsely populated province, largely covered by deserts and mountains.

In the images, with the human caravan stretching as far as the eye can see, few words are spoken and only the sound of goats being herded in the other direction can be heard.

The recent migrant described his journey along the same route: ‘After more than four hours of walking we arrived in a valley and waited for darkness.

Migrants who survived the journey speak of the chaos they have seen with thousands of frail and elderly people now making the perilous journey, desperate to escape the clutches of the Taliban

Migrants who survived the journey speak of the chaos they have seen with thousands of frail and elderly people now making the perilous journey, desperate to escape the clutches of the Taliban

Migrants who survived the journey speak of the chaos they have seen with thousands of frail and elderly people now making the perilous journey, desperate to escape the clutches of the Taliban

The Afghans' journey began in desolate Nimruz, Afghanistan's most sparsely populated province, largely covered by deserts and mountains.

The Afghans' journey began in desolate Nimruz, Afghanistan's most sparsely populated province, largely covered by deserts and mountains.

The Afghans’ journey began in desolate Nimruz, Afghanistan’s most sparsely populated province, largely covered by deserts and mountains.

“Around 10pm Iranians came and they asked everyone for a code, or a keyword.

“Once everyone found their smuggler, we were divided into groups, each group with its own smuggler. Then we went to Iran, group after group.

‘I have walked this road several times in the past. Previously there were maybe 200 or so, people, but this time it was chaos.

“There were thousands. I saw heavily pregnant women, babies, old men. I remember the sound of crying babies echoing over the mountains.’

Yesterday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi predicted that the evacuations from Kabul airport were just the beginning of “a much bigger humanitarian crisis.”

His agency estimated that up to 500,000 Afghans could flee their country, and called for continued support from Afghanistan’s neighbors and the world community.

He said: “The events at Kabul airport in recent days have sparked an outpouring of condolences around the world on the fear and despair of thousands of Afghans.

“But when these images are gone from our screens, there will still be millions who need the international community to take action.”

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