As the country falls to the Taliban, a British national stuck in a UN safehouse in Afghanistan says he feels abandoned.
Miles Routlege, 21, from Birmingham, says he visited Afghanistan because he believed it would not fall to the Taliban for several months.
Taliban troops rolled into the capital on Sunday, August 15, seizing power as
President Ashraf Ghani feared for his life.
Insurgents stopped Miles near Kabul international airport, where he was asked where he was from, as he aimed to visit some of the world’s most dangerous spots.
He said he said ‘Wales’ because he didn’t want to say the UK and they didn’t know where that was, so they let him go.
Miles, a student at Loughborough University, has called the British embassy but feels ignored.
To The Times, he said: ‘I was fully prepared for death, and I accepted it. The trip has been a test of God. I am very religious, so I trust that I will be taken care of.
‘Before I left I wrote to my friends that I would die happy, religious, and proud if I died.’
He also hopes that his American Express card, which shows his name as ‘Lord Miles Routledge’, will protect him.
‘The Taliban may see that as a reason to keep me alive, believing that it will give them negotiating power as they will think I am important’, he said.
He shared pictures of himself with guns in a local market before the Taliban took over.
Miles said he decided to take the trip after working as an intern for a wealth management firm this summer.
In addition, he posted photos of his plane ticket to Kabul to prove to doubters that he was in the country.
I like risk, I’m a banker, so it makes sense to me. I dislike lying on a beach, so I wanted to do something a little different.
I won’t be able to do this again after I graduate because I’ll have a full-time job and maybe a family. I thought [Afghanistan] looked nice, the food was amazing, and it was dirt cheap.’
Currently, the UK Government is attempting to rescue 4,000 British nationals still in the country.