Amid the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan following total take over by the Taliban, scores of students from the neighbouring nation studying in Odisha stare at an uncertain future.
The Afghan-origin students in the State are having sleepless nights with their parents and relatives forced to flee the nation or seek evacuation to other countries to escape Taliban governance.
Ehshan Ulla Nuri, a student from Afghanistan presently pursuing MSc in Computer Science at Utkal University in Bhubaneswar, is worried about his parents’ whereabouts who live in Kabul.
“The present situation in Afghanistan is not very good. I am really concerned about my parents,” Nuri said.
Not only Nuri, but other students from Afghanistan are also living in anxiety fearing worse back home.
“We have gone through the Taliban rule earlier and know how they had devastated the country. I am very much worried about my parents and in constant touch with them over phone,” another student from Afghanistan said.
Meanwhile, the Utkal University authorities have come forwarded to help of these distressed students from the neighbouring nation. The University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sabita Acharya said that the varsity will take care of these students.
“The students are under severe mental stress. However, they are safe at the guest house. Their all expenses including education fee will be borne by the Government of India,” Professor Acharya said.
Notably, the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan has forced thousands to flee or seek evacuation after the Taliban took control the country.
The US military had taken control of the security at the airport on Monday after thousands of desperate people converged there in the hope of getting on an evacuation flight and leave the country.
Hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan on Sunday, the Taliban took control of Kabul, capturing power nearly 20 years after a US-led military invasion ousted it in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.