Hundreds of Afghans desperate to leave country descend on Kabul passport office

Hundreds of Afghans desperately hoping to leave their war-torn country descended on the passport office in Kabul Wednesday – a day after the Taliban announced that it would resume issuing travel documents.

The crush of people was so great that Taliban security men beat back some people in the crowd to maintain order, according to Reuters.

“I have come to get a passport but, as you can see here, there are lots of problems, the system is not working,” one applicant, Mahir Rasooli, told the news outlet. “There is no official to answer our questions here to tell us when to come. People are confused.”

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