Theyd never work again Pen Farthing friends stark warning if pal is left in Kabul
GB News: Dominic Dyer says he'd never work again under the Taliban
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Pen Farthing and his staff have been stranded at Kabul airport with 173 dogs and cats for a number of days amid the ongoing eviction of civilians from Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country. The force’s deadline for the removal of all British and American personnel is fast approaching, and pressure to get as many people out of the country as possible is increasing. Since the collapse of the Afghan government, Pen has campaigned for the removal of his staff, their families and his animals, in a plan dubbed Operation Ark. Speaking on GB News, Dominic Dyer told viewers that if the group can’t return to Britain, their veterinary skills would be wasted as they will “never work again”.
Earlier on Thursday, he said: “Operation Ark is a go, the minister I’ve just been talking with on Good Morning Britain confirmed that all the flights and issues that we’ve been trying to deal with have been approved, so we can actually get into Afghanistan and rescue Pen, his staff and his people.”
He added: “But the question here, of course, is how does Pen actually get into the airport?
“That’s a very difficult situation for everyone in Afghanistan at the moment.
“The concern we have all the way through this campaign is there’s been a huge amount of public support for getting Pen, his team and of course the animals.
“But also, there are lots of peoples’ lives at risk. And people say to us ‘Is this group of people more important than any others?’
“I can’t tell you that. All I can say is that from my perspective I think they have unique skills and talents and abilities to work in veterinary nursing and vets and animal care that means that those skills could best be put to use in Britain, and not left to the hands of the Taliban, where they’ll never work again.”
Taking to Twitter, viewers gave their view on the situation.
One commented: “Aren’t they in the queue just like everyone else? He’s not putting the animals first – (although if really, really pushed, I would) – he’s in a queue just like all the others and the animals are in a space that would otherwise be wasted.”
Another wrote: “Strange he doesn’t see a need for vets in Afghanistan. Providing veterinary support was one way outsiders tried to improve Afghan rural life.”
“Originally, it was Farthing, his wife and his country manager. Now it’s 68 staff, Farthing and 200 animals. The ratio of staff to animals suggests the most pampered animals in the Western Hemisphere. Meanwhile, 30,000 people are desperate to leave,” a third argued.
Someone else penned: “I’m praying for @PenFarthing, & his human & animal charges, that he is putting his life at risk for! Never a braver person!”
The founder of animal rescue charity Nowzad has until August 31, to get himself, his staff and the animals out of the country.
Farthing’s wife has already been evacuated and he was given the chance to leave but he wasn’t going to abandon those left behind.
Dominic explained earlier on Good Morning Britain that a chartered flight will arrive at Luton airport from Kabul on Friday, with the staff, Pen and the animals being picked up – but they need access to the airport.
“Pen is going to get left behind, one of the bravest, courageous men that I have ever met,” he explained.
Speaking on the ITV morning show, he added: “This is a disaster for the government.
“It needs to be resolved, it needs to be resolved quickly, I don’t want any more mixed messages from Ben Wallace.
“Just get this done, Boris Johnson, get those people into that airport because we’re on our way to pick them up,” Dyer continued.
“Dunkirk spirit, we’ve got a plane of people, volunteers who will risk their lives to get these people home.”
GB News airs coverage throughout the day, while Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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