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Parents fear seven-month-old baby stuck in Kabul without them will never get to Britain – World News

In May the couple had no choice but to return to the UK to pick up a single-entry visa issued to the mum, leaving their daughter, who did not yet have a passport, with her grandparents.

While the parents received their baby’s passport on Wednesday, there are now no commercial flights operations into and out of Kabul

The mum and dad of a seven-month-old baby fear the little girl, who is stranded in Kabul without them, will never get to Britain.

A five month delay in receiving their baby’s British passport means she is currently stuck in Afghanistan with her grandparents.

The baby’s mother, an Afghan national who has not been named in a bid to protect her identity, travelled to Afghanistan in September last year to see family.

However, she had her plans derailed when she lost her UK ID card during the trip.

Because of this, she was unable to return to the UK Before her baby was born, the BBC reported.

Her British partner flew over to join her in December and she gave birth to their daughter in January, in Kabul.

In May the couple had no choice but to return to the UK to pick up a single-entry visa issued to the mum, which gave her 30 days to return to the UK to apply for a replacement permit.








Taliban supporters gathered to celebrate the US withdrawal of all its troops out of Afghanistan earlier this week
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The baby could not travel without a passport, and her family said they had no choice but to leave her behind, due to the limited window in which they had to travel back.

As the mother speaks very little English, she needed her partner to return to the UK with her, to help her secure the replacement documents.

They hoped to return to Afghanistan as soon as the document was issued, but things escalated in Afghanistan, and now, several months have passed.

While the parents received their baby’s passport on Wednesday, there are now no commercial flights operations into and out of Kabul.

They hoped to return to Afghanistan as soon as the document was issued but events took over.








There are now no commercial flights operating into and out of Kabul
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Although the parents received their baby’s passport on Wednesday, there are now no commercial flights operating into and out of Kabul.

The baby remains in her grandparents’ care, while her parents miss her desperately, but feel they are powerless with no means to bring her back.

“She is stuck in Afghanistan because of the passport delay. If the passport took less time, she would have been here with us,” the baby’s father, who is in London, told the BBC.

The Brit said they had applied for the baby’s passport back in March.

The baby’s mother was also begging the government to help bring her baby back to her, saying she was losing hope.

British forces and embassy staff were said to have left Kabul before the baby could be brought to the UK.

The girl’s father said British officials told him that the family needed to wait until the baby had a passport .

“They said she’s not British yet. You have to wait till her passport arrives, then she’s British, then we can help you.”




The couple had concerns for the safety of the baby’s grandparents, due to them having helped UK and US forces since 2001. They had not left their house in Kabul for the past week, due to fear of the Taliban.

A statement provided to the BBC by the Home Office said the UK would continue to do “all we can” to deliver on an obligation to British nationals and eligible Afghans.

While it said it did not comment on individual cases, it said “more must be done to support those at risk”.





A scheme was being established to provide protection for those Afghan citizens most at risk.

More than 16,000 people have been evacuated by the UK from Afghanistan, it added.

The Foreign Office said any British nationals who remain in Afghanistan and want to leave, as well as those caring for Brits who are in Afghanistan, should continue to check travel advice and sign up for alerts.

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