A pregnant New Zealand journalist said she was welcomed by the Taliban in Afghanistan this Sunday, January 30, and could not return to her home country to give birth there due to anti-Govt rules.
“I felt betrayed,” Charlotte Bellis said in an interview with New Zealand Radio from Kabul.
In the open letter issued New Zealand Herald, Charlotte Bellis explained that she worked for the Al-Jazeera channel in Afghanistan. When she returned to Doha, the headquarters of the media, she realized she was expecting a baby.
Since being pregnant outside of marriage is illegal in Qatar, she kept her pregnancy secret while preparing to return to New Zealand.
However, the country, which closed its borders in March 2020 due to the epidemic, only allows its own nationals to return in trips and drops.
When Charlotte Bellis learned that the journalist could not benefit from any insults for her return, she called senior Taliban officials. The latter, a Belgian photographer, offered to come to his country of residence with his wife and give birth to a child.
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“You won’t have any problems”
“We are happy for you, you can come, you have no problem,” the Taliban promised, he said in an interview.
They added, “Don’t worry. Everything will be fine,” he told the New Zealand Herald.
“When I needed to, the New Zealand government told me it did not welcome me,” the journalist lamented.
New Zealand Govt-19 Minister Chris Hipkins said in a statement that he had asked the authorities to verify that all procedures in Ms Bellis’ case had been properly followed, adding that “at first glance this deserves further clarification”.
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