Pen Farthing tells of relief as Afghan staff settle into new UK lives

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Former Royal Marine Paul “Penn” Farthing has spoken of relief after dozens of his staff fired from his animal shelter Afghanistan The flight has been successfully carried out to the UK.

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Mr Farthing, 52, said Naujad charity workers and their families are flying from the UK Islamabadhandjob Pakistan in the last month after Accept on 11 September.

After sorting out their British visas and taking PCR tests, Afghan nationals have moved in groups with their families before being placed in quarantine hotels across the country.


A total of 50 people have left so far and 17 are still being processed in Islamabad.

Mr Farthing said: “To be honest it is an utter relief knowing they are safe now in England or on their way to England and starting a new life with all the opportunities for them.

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“We have a shortage of veterinarians here in the UK, so adding these passionate people to the team will only help all of us.

“I am looking forward to the day when they are about to come out of quarantine and then I will actually be able to see them in person.

“It’s going to be absolutely amazing.”

Some workers will now be retrained to qualify as veterinarians in the UK, while others will find different jobs and study English to improve their language skills.

Mr Farthing said the charity has received offers of housing, jobs and support from Britons who are keen to help Afghans settle into their new lives.

As for the animals, a total of 94 dogs and 68 cats were rescued from Afghanistan when Nauzad began his Operation Ark campaign.

A total of 10 dogs have been adopted so far and 30 dogs are still waiting to be settled.

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The rest of the dogs are to be reunited with their owners, who had already adopted or owned them before the US and UK withdrew their troops from Afghanistan.

Most of the animals are still in quarantine due to paperwork or their owners not yet being able to collect them, but some have been resettled in the UK in recent weeks.

A branch of Nauzad still remains in Kabul but now operates solely as a donkey rescue centre.

It is being run by Naujad’s employees who did not want to leave Afghanistan.

Mr Farthing and his wife Kaisa were also reunited with their dogs, Ragnar, Kora and Ewok, in late September, when the pair had to quarantine after traveling to Afghanistan.

Reflecting on the difficulties over the past few months, Mr Farthing said he would not change how he and his staff handled the evacuation of animals and workers from Kabul.

“On our part, we dealt with the cards we were dealt and we had to plan based on the information we had and the situation in which it was developing,” he said.

“Certainly the American government and the British government could have without a doubt planned this comeback much better and differently.

“Recently I have noticed that the British representative in Afghanistan has just recently met him. Taliban His leadership, in Kabul.

“It is only a month after the return.

“We have to ask, why did they put everyone through this?

“We could have gotten completely different results for this.

“I think he emphasized the fact that it was an emergency evacuation and so everyone had to go along with it.

“There’s not much we could have done differently.”

a foreign Office The spokesman said: “The government continues to do everything possible to ensure safe passage for those in need, and remains committed to supporting the people of Afghanistan.”


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