‘I’ve accepted loss of life’ – British student stuck in Afghanistan on holiday says


'I've accepted death' - British student stuck in Afghanistan on holiday says

A British nationwide stuck in a UN safehouse in Afghanistan says he has accepted his destiny and feels ‘abandoned’ because the nation falls to the Taliban.

Miles Routlege, 21, from Birmingham says he visited the nation as a result of he thought it’ll be secure to go to as a result of the nation wouldn’t fall to the Taliban for a number of months.

However, on Sunday, August 15, Taliban troops rolled into the capital, seizing energy as
president Ashraf Ghani ran for his life.


Miles, whose ambition is to go to a few of the world’s most harmful locations, claims he was stopped by insurgents close to Kabul worldwide airport who requested him the place he was from.



He stated he advised them ‘Wales’ as a result of he didn’t wish to say the UK and so they didn’t know the place that was so let him go.


Miles, a student at Loughborough University, stated he had referred to as the British embassy however feels ignored.


He stated to The Times: ‘I was fully prepared for death, I accepted it. This trip has been a test of God. I’m very spiritual so I consider I’ll be taken care of.

‘Before I left I wrote a letter to my friends saying that if I died, not to feel guilty, that I would die happy and religious and proud.’


He additionally hopes his American Express card, which provides his names as ‘Lord Miles Routledge’, would possibly assist preserve him secure.


He added: ‘The Taliban may see that as reason enough to keep me alive, thinking it may hold some negotiating power as they’ll assume I’m essential.’

Before the Taliban took over, he shared photos of himself in an area market with weapons.

Miles, advised The Times he determined to take the journey after spending the summer season working as an intern for a wealth administration agency.



He additionally shared pictures of his aircraft ticket to Kabul to show to doubters he was actually in the nation.

He stated: ‘I like risk, I’m a banker, so it is sensible. I hate mendacity round on a seaside so I needed to do one thing just a little bit completely different.

‘After graduating I’ll have a full-time job and possibly a household so gained’t have the chance to do issues like this once more. I assumed [Afghanistan] regarded fairly good, the meals appeared superb and it was grime low-cost.’


The UK Government has introduced it’s at the moment making an attempt to rescue the 4,000 British nationals who’re nonetheless in the nation.


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