GIBRALTAR, December 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – World Trade Center Gibraltar and a small team of partners has now completed a successful daring undercover operation codenamed “Operation Magic Carpet ‘to evacuate 92 people, including 33 children and newborn babies from escalating and imminent danger Kabul, Afghanistan.
Among the evacuees are 60 former employees and their relatives from the International Welfare Organization’s international arm. “Mayhew London“(for which Megan Markle is patron) former NATO and MoD affiliates and a team of veterinarians with their respective families.
The humanitarian operation, the largest privately funded humanitarian evacuation mission conducted since the U.S.-led withdrawal in late August, was carried out by an experienced extraction team in an increasingly hostile environment, with a fast-closing window, amid eyewitness reports of raids by properties and neighborhoods in the immediate vicinity of these persons.
After the fall of Accept to the Taliban on the 15thth August the whole world watched as the insane non-combatant evacuation operation followed from Hamid Karzai International Airport. It was clear that despite the heroic efforts of the Allied forces, which resulted in the evacuation of almost 120,000 people within this time scale, many vulnerable individuals were left at risk of retaliation from uncontrolled terrorist groups.
British based animal welfare advocate Dominic Dyer, internationally recognized for his work in evacuating Pen Farthing and his Nowzad employees and animals from Accept in August played a leading role in the rescue operation, working with a British veterinarian and a Jerusalem based translator.
Businessman and owner of the World Trade Center Gibraltar, Gregory Butcher, was also generous in financing part of the operation together with several people from United Kingdom and The United States.
The complex and dangerous evacuation took over 2 months to complete, in a period which has seen Afghanistan spiral into escalating violence and economic collapse. The growing threat of widespread famine, which has become even more desperate as winter approaches, is endangering the survival of millions of Afghan citizens, according to UN reports.
As of December 8, all 92 evacuees have safely arrived for accommodation in Islamabad, Pakistan. The feeling of relief, sadness and insecurity will no doubt be overwhelming for this group as they are now embarking on a new life outside their home country, having left behind everything but a few possessions.
When we talk about the successful completion of Operation Magic Carpet, Dominic Dyer said:
“It has been extremely hard for all those affected, but it is the lucky ones, people for whom there is at least the chance for a better future. The United States, Britain and other forces from AcceptLeaving almost the entire country in the hands of the Taliban means the prospect of millions is bleak. Operation Magic Carpet could not help everyone, but this extraordinary group of dedicated people have done what they can for Accept 92. Every life is precious and I will now ask United Kingdom and other nations to open their doors to these talented individuals who are looking for a safe place to call home. “
While the initial phase is completed, time is starting to double now, and a public fundraising campaign will soon be set up to help provide food and accommodation for the 92 adults and children in Pakistan for the necessary time frame within which further travel documentation to third countries, such as the United Kingdom, USA and other European destinations and also their respective accommodation in these countries are secured.
Gregory Butcher, owner of the World Trade Center Gibraltar and co-financier of the rescue said:
“Operation Magic Carpet is a miraculous meeting of volunteers in times of need. Almost everyone will have seen the appalling pictures of the humanitarian disaster that is increasing in its intensity, with uncontrolled terrorist groups carrying out reprisal killings frequently from day to day.
I heard about an Afghan colonel who had worked with coalition forces, including Canadian, British and American representatives, after attending a NATO conference in Brussels and an Afghan team leader for a major British subcontractor security firm based in Kabul. They were all in danger of retaliation from the hands of the Taliban and had to be rescued as well.
At World Trade Center Gibraltar, we believe that large companies have a specific role to play in society, one of humanitarian action, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. These principles and values guide us in our daily lives and through all our business endeavors. We are partners and friends and seek to support marginalized communities, non-profit organizations and charities that align with our mission.
When we heard about the evolving crisis in Afghanistan and heard that others were trying to find a way to get these individuals out, some of whom were women and therefore at significant risk in Accept, we could not refuse the chance to help. They and their children were desperate to leave and were hopeless to do so, so we teamed up with the other friendly people to try to get a total of 92 people out of Afghanistan.
I’m so glad we worked tirelessly to achieve this. It is truly a life-and-death situation in which the international community is now calling on the Taliban to enforce an amnesty for former Afghan security personnel. We have just read that human rights groups cite dozens of former soldiers who have been assembled and then executed since mid-August. The retaliation has started and we owe it to those who supported the coalition to save them.
On arrival of the 92 inches Pakistan, it has been hard to think of what might have happened to them if we had not all intervened. Their new life and future is filled with uncertainty, and now we need to get these brave now stateless English-speaking people into a resettlement program for refugees. Can you help us?”
World Trade Center Gibraltar is working to raise funds and offer vital assistance to those whose lives have been shattered by conflicts and disasters as they begin a new chapter in their lives, please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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