Pen Farthing appeared on Loose Woman today with his wife Kaisa to discuss his dramatic exit from Kabul.
The former Marine, who famously ran an animal shelter there, revealed that they will finally be reunited with their dogs tomorrow after a period of quarantine.
In their first TV interview since leaving Afghanistan, the couple discussed what it felt like to be separated from the Taliban-led country, leaving behind 68 employees and family members and about 150 animals.
Penn said: “Once I left the country, we were still working behind the scenes – the crisis response team was working overnight to get the staff to safety and they finally put it in the hands of the British Embassy in Islamabad. Handed over. September 11.”
He said: “I was not happy with the way the entire operation was carried out at the airport. It was a masterclass on how not to do things the right way. Sadly, on the first day, we had people fly by plane. Seen with images of people falling and being crushed outside.
Discussing his much-talked-about exit strategy, he said: “I had plans to go to the airport from Kaisa’s point of view, which was very different as she tried to go through a small gate. I was scared for her. “
Kaisa explained: “It was not a situation you wanted to be in. We were standing in a crowd, surrounded by each other and an Afghan woman asked me to bring her baby to the walls and to safety, thinking It’s just heartbreaking for me and it shows the despair that people were in.”
She said: “I went to Penn about a week ago. I landed in Norway – there I sat and worked round the clock to help Pen as much as possible. When we finally saw each other again, we were overjoyed, relieved, but we basically fell asleep. “