A pregnant Californian woman was forced into hiding when the Taliban stopped her at a checkpoint as she and her husband tried to flee.
The couple are among the hundreds of Americans trapped in Afghanistan after the final US forces left.
California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa is reportedly working on trying to get the couple out of Kabul.
In an interview with Fox & Friends, the Republican lawmaker described the horrifying experiences the pregnant woman called ‘Nasria’ faced that forced her into hiding.
“She was kicked in the stomach, but she was kicked in the stomach well after – as she got through the first checkpoint for hours, waiting for those people at the south point to supposedly come and get her,” Issa said.
“It wasn’t until it was clear they had closed, they weren’t taking anyone else for quite a while that finally, she accepted that she was going to have to go back and hide in her apartment.”
Nasria and her husband did not make it onto the US military evacuation flight.
According to reports, the last C-17 jet left Hamid Karzai International Airport at 3:29 pm on August 30, carrying Major General Christopher Donahue, embassy staff including Ambassador Ross Wilson, and the rest of the troops on the ground. No American civilians were on the last five flights.
Issa said that Nasria made ‘multiple trips’ to the area before US forces left.
“We’ve agreed that she’s going to stay sheltered in place, hiding her identity and hoping that her friends will continue to bring her food and keep her secret until frankly we can come up with something new,” he said.
Issa’s team had been working with the pregnant woman on a ‘possible alternative’ involving another group.
A couple in their 80s are also in contact with Issa after being trapped in Afghanistan.
The congressman said that the elderly couple “repeatedly went to the gate, waited at the gate with their blue passports, and did not get in.”
“Anyone that says that they didn’t break a promise to the American people and leave people behind is wrong. Anyone who says that there aren’t people stranded is wrong,” Issa continued.
“These people were stranded, they did everything they were supposed to do and they simply were not a priority at the end.”
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