Student says he’s ‘stuck in Afghanistan’ days after arriving on holiday

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An adventurous student is ‘stuck in Afghanistan’ after travelling there for a holiday shortly before the Taliban takeover,

Twenty-one-year-old Miles Routledge says he’s now holed up in a United Nations safe house, admitting he had ‘bitten off more than he can chew’.

Speaking to The Times from his hideaway as the Taliban grabbed power in the capital of Kabul, Miles said he regretted his choice to visit the country.

He also said that he was forced to don a burqa disguise to flee to Kabul International Airport in search of help as the situation in the capital worsened, reports the MEN.

Hosting a live stream after reaching a safe house, Miles answered followers’ questions about his journey through the turmoil.

He told The Times: “I like risk, I’m a banker, so it makes sense. I hate lying around on a beach so I wanted to do something a little bit different.

“After graduating I’ll have a full-time job and maybe a family so won’t have the opportunity to do things like this again.

“I thought [Afghanistan] looked quite nice, the food seemed amazing and it was dirt cheap.”



A British student claims he said he was Welsh to avoid being captured by the Taliban while being stuck in Afghanistan. Miles Routledge, 21, from Birmingham said he travelled there for a holiday shortly before the Taliban takeover. He had been documenting his travels online in the days before the crisis deepened. Mr Routledge claimed he was confronted by insurgents near Kabul International Airport who asked him where he was from. The Mirror reports he told them he was from Wales instead of Britain in hopes they would not realise Wales is in the UK, so they would let him go. The Loughborough University student claims he is now holed up in a United Nations safe house as he tries desperately to seek help from UK authorities to flee the country.

He wrote online: “I’ve bitten off more than I can chew and something has not gone to plan resulting in this situation. There was no convincing me otherwise and I knew the risks, it was a gamble I took that went wrong despite my confidence and jokes.”

The Middle Eastern country is currently subject to a Taliban insurgency after the group made a move on capital Kabul following the United States’ decision to withdraw troops.

Boris Johnson has vowed to get as many as possible of the Afghans who worked with the UK out of the country as the Taliban stood poised to take control of the capital Kabul.

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