An Afghan pilot was forced to choose between his family and his country when the Taliban took control of Kabul.
Crowds gathered in Foroshgah, one of the main accessible marketplaces in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, in an effort to flee the impending Taliban attack. Ahmadi’s superior was directing him and the other pilots to report immediately to Hamid Karzai International Airport. He has had a high likelihood of never seeing his wife or daughter, age 3, again if he carried out the order. If he refused, he might be regarded as being absent without permission and insubordinate for disobeying a clear order. Defying the command to muster at the airport may potentially result in the loss of helicopters and aircraft worth millions. As word circulated that the Taliban were moving closer to the city on August 15, 2021, the situation grew tenser by the minute. Ahmadi turned and began sprinting toward the airport.