'I fled from Kabul, now I am in the middle of another war' Afghans sheltered in Ukraine, again on the run
Afghans fleeing the chaos and fighting that engulfed the country after the Taliban invaded Kabul in August have told the BBC they are shocked to find themselves in the middle of a war, this time in Ukraine.
"The situation in Afghanistan when the Taliban came to power was better than what I see here in Ukraine. Now we are fleeing again, but this time to an unknown fate," said Haidar Seddiqi, a 36-year-old former Afghan soldier.
Seddic tells how he woke up to Thursday morning prayers and found his refugee camp in northern Ukraine gripped by chaos when the Russian occupation began.
"News only of the attack spoke. People started screaming in fear until the camp authorities finally opened the doors and told us to flee."
They walked for more than 75 km and reached the northern city of Chernihiv, which is now a conflict zone. Seddic is now trying to reach Ukraine's western border to escape.
Fazila Haidari, 26, and her younger sister are also from Afghanistan. They worked as flight attendants there and ended up in Lviv, in western Ukraine, after fleeing the Taliban. The two sisters waited from moment to moment to move to another place.
They have desperately sought help, contacting anyone they know.
"Ne menduam se do të ishim më të sigurta këtu, por shikoni situatën. Unë kam telefonuar UNHCR-në dhe organizata të tjera, por askush nuk po u përgjigjet thirrjeve tona," thotë Haidari.
“Isha e lumtur që u mbijetova talebanëve, por tani po pyes veten nëse largimi nga Kabuli ishte vendimi i duhur sepse tani jam në mes të një lufte tjetër”.
Ata tani janë larguar nga Lviv në përpjekje për të kaluar kufirin polak.
Rreth 5,000 afganë jetojnë në Ukrainë, duke përfshirë 370 që u strehuan në gusht kur talebanët rimorën kontrollin e vendit.