Student on holiday in Afghanistan because it’s dangerous says he’s been rescued
A British college students who asserted he flew out to Afghanistan last week for a holiday says he has been evacuated to somewhere safe.
Miles Routledge, 21, confronted weighty remarks subsequent to bragging that he visited the country ‘because it was dangerous’.
The Taliban has since taken dominance of all major cities after Afghan president Ashraf Ghani escaped.
The University of Loughborough physics science student recently said he felt deserted and had accepted that he may be killed there there.
Budding investment banker Miles posted a report on his Facebook claiming to have been flown to a United Nations safehouse.
He composed: ‘Got evacuated at 4ish (it’s 2am now) with 100 or so other civilians, couldn’t message as there were cars emitting signals that would set off bombs, it blocked my airpods from connecting so I think it blocked all wifi/data.
‘The Taliban let us go through the airport and we met many of them, very long transition period but everyone was smiling and waving at one another, some took selfies with them.
‘I slept on a dirt/gravel road and woke up as cars went by. We’re in a new safe house and we’re all hydrated, happy and ready for a few hours of sleep.’
He added: ‘On the flight out we aren’t allowed any liquids at all, no razors and only one bag up to 10kg so everyone is tossing all their belongings into a pile, people are donating each other their items because they can’t carry them.
‘Some lads stuffed my body armour and bag with protein bars, over 20 of them. Very happy man rn (right now). Thank you lads.’
Three hours later he wrote:
‘No internet so idk (I don’t know) if this’ll post but I’ve got on a list for Dubai and may be flying within a few hours.’
Some UK readers responded furiously to Miles’ bluster, tagging him an ‘average middle class rich child explorer’.
Janett Longworth said his vacation was an exemplary illustration of more money than sense.
Another client blamed him for ‘attention-seeking on a monumental scale’, adding:
‘Words fail me!
‘This young man boarded a flight to Kabul on August 13. By that time, city after city was already falling into the clutches of the Taliban. I mean, there’s being adventurous and then there’s being an absolute fruitcake.’
Miles has recorded his evident visit on the online media stage, message board website 4chan and livestreaming platform Twitch.
Prior to the Taliban takeover, he shared pictures of himself in a nearby market and with weapons at what gave off an impression of being a security check point, and photographs of his airline tickets to Kabul to demonstrate to cynics he is in the country. You can see the picture at the top of this article.
Around 4,000 British nationals are believed to be stuck in Afghanistan and anticipating bringing home from the UK government after it pulled out troops as the Taliban progressed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced calls to make an offer to displaced people escaping the nation after the US pledged to take in 30,000 and Canada said it would resettle 20,000.
Metro UK has reached the Foreign Office for their input.
A representative said yesterday: ‘We are aware of this case and are attempting to reach the individual to offer assistance. We are working hard to contact all the British nationals we are aware of who remain in Afghanistan, to help them leave the country.
‘The safety of British nationals is our top priority which is why we have been urging British nationals to leave Afghanistan by commercial means since 21 April. On 6 August we updated our advice to urge British nationals to leave immediately and to update us on their plans for departure.’