An American woman trapped in Afghanistan told CNN she couldn’t believe the last plane left without her and said she is fearful for her safety.
The woman, identified by the pseudonym Sara, worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military for more than a decade, CNN’s Chris Cuomo said Monday night. Sara, however, had refused to leave Afghanistan unless she was able to get several Afghan families, which included 19 children, out who “begged” for her help.
“I just found out that they left and I was just silent for a little while,” Sara said when asked how she felt about the last American troops leaving. “And I just went, walked around the rooms, and I saw the young kids are sleeping and they have no clue what happened this morning, that the last flight is gone and we’re left behind.”
“No one heard us, that we are in danger and we need to be safe,” she continued. “I just don’t even know what to say to you. Whoever was trying to help me and support me, even they did not tell me that this is the last flight. So I still had hope that we would leave. If not all of them, at least some kids and some mothers who had disabled kids. I had hope for them.”
Sara then explained how she and the 37 Afghans who are living with her made several attempts to reach the Kabul airport prior to U.S. forces leaving.
“We were all on the streets going from gate to gate,” she said, noting she received guidance from the state department to do so.
Sara said she finally reached the outer perimeter of the airport when she “started shouting, ‘I’m an American, please open the gate I’m here to go home!”
Sara said her pleas fell on deaf ears and she was suddenly knocked out by teargas.
She told Cuomo she is now fearful that she and the families living with her will be killed by the Taliban. (RELATED: ‘Kill List’: US Gave Taliban Names Of American Citizens, Allies: REPORT)
“Am I safe? Now the question is my life. Am I safe? Are these people safe?.”
“I went to so many different missions with military, so many different missions in different provinces. I never had that heartbeat like I have it today, this morning, when they told me the Americans left. They left us to whom? To those people who were always wanting to kill us? And now, I am by myself here with 37 people.”
Sara said she fears that without American troops on the ground, she will never be rescued.
President Joe Biden promised to stay in Afghanistan until every American gets out less than two weeks ago. When the last U.S. military plane departed, however, “hundreds” of Americans were still left stranded in the country. There were no American civilians on the final five flights out of Afghanistan, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said Monday at a press briefing.
McKenzie did say the state department is working to bring home the remaining Americans.