While images of desperate Afghan nationals trying to flee their country from Kabul International airport have dominated news, little has been known about the ground situation at Afghanistan’s borders with Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Satellite images exclusive to NDTV show thousands stranded at Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan just last week, desperately trying to leave.
The images focus on the ground situation at the Chaman border in Spin Boldak between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and clearly indicate a desperate rush to leave the country.
Apart from Spin Boldak, Afghanistan’s key border crossings are Shir Khan on the border with Tajikistan, Islam Qala on the border with Iran and Torkham on the border with Pakistan.
The Chaman border at Spin Boldak features one of the busiest crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Traffic from Afghanistan has spiked over the past few weeks as families with bags, belongings and children, who have abandoned their homes in Kabul and other cities, wait at makeshift camps for their turn to cross over.