Thousands Of Afghans Seen On Satellite Images Near The Pakistani Border

The photographs focus on the situation on the ground at the Chaman border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Spin Boldak, and plainly show a frantic attempt to flee the country.

Thousands Of Afghans Seen On Satellite Images Near The Pakistani Border
Thousands Of Afghans Seen On Satellite Images Near The Pakistani Border

While images of frightened Afghans fleeing their country from Kabul International Airport have dominated the news, little is known about the situation on the ground at Afghanistan's borders with Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Thousands of people were stranded at Afghanistan's border with Pakistan just last week, according to satellite pictures obtained exclusively.

The photographs focus on the situation on the ground at the Chaman border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Spin Boldak, and plainly show a frantic attempt to flee the country. Aside from Spin Boldak, Afghanistan's main border crossings include Shir Khan on the Tajikistan border, Islam Qala on the Iran border, and Torkham on the Pakistan border. 

One of the busiest crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan is at Spin Boldak on the Chaman border. Families with bags, goods, and children who have abandoned their homes in Kabul and other cities have been queuing at improvised camps for their turn to cross over in recent weeks, increasing traffic from Afghanistan. The photographs, taken on September 6, show enormous throngs at this point on the Afghan side less than a week ago. Pakistan has closed the Chaman border checkpoint. 

The photographs corroborate claims from the ground that hundreds of Afghan people are fleeing the country, fearful of the Taliban's return to power. 

Since the Taliban took control of the country last month, Afghans have been fleeing in droves. Though the hardline party professes to have more moderate policies this time around than they did during their horrific dictatorship 20 years ago, their statements about defending women's rights have proven to be far from reality.