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Parents of baby girl they were forced to leave in Kabul fear they will never get her to Britain

The parents of a seven month-old baby girl left stranded in Kabul are to meet with their local MP to try and get her home to Britain as they fear she will never be able to return to the UK.

The couple were forced to leave their seven-month old with her grandparents in the Afghan capital in May to resolve an urgent visa issue in the UK.

Now, in a desperate bid to be reunited with their young child, they are due to meet Labour MP for Brent North, Barry Gardiner, tomorrow.

The baby’s mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, travelled to Kabul last September to visit her family while pregnant, but lost her UK ID card during the trip.

Her British husband joined her in December and she gave birth in Afghanistan the following month.

The mother was finally issued a single-entry Visa, giving her 30 days to return and then apply for a replacement permit.

But their baby daughter had not yet received her British passport so had to remain with her maternal grandparents in Kabul.

Relatives who are caring for the couple in North London say they are in a race against time now that the Taliban has taken back control of Afghanistan.  

The parents of a seven-month-old girl (pictured) they were forced to leave stranded in Kabul with her grandparents fear she will never make it to the UK

The couple were forced to leave their seven-month old (above) with her maternal grandparents in the Afghan capital in May to resolve an urgent visa issue in the UK

The couple were forced to leave their seven-month old (above) with her maternal grandparents in the Afghan capital in May to resolve an urgent visa issue in the UK

The family say they will meet with Labour MP for Brent North, Barry Gardiner (right). Above: Mr Gardiner pictured with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in December 2019

The family say they will meet with Labour MP for Brent North, Barry Gardiner (right). Above: Mr Gardiner pictured with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in December 2019

The newborn’s Afghan mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she had no choice but to return to the UK in May to retain her UK visa. 

She had travelled to Kabul in September last year to visit her family while pregnant, but lost her UK ID card during the trip.

Her British husband joined her in December and she gave birth in the Afghan capital the following month.  

The mother was finally issued a single-entry Visa, giving her 30 days to return and then apply for a replacement permit.

But their baby daughter had not yet received her British passport so had to remain with her grandparents in Kabul.    

The baby’s mother told the BBC: ‘I have been separated from my baby for months I am lost without her by my side and we are losing hope.

‘I beg the government to please help us bring my baby and family back to me.’ 

The couple's baby daughter had not yet received her British passport so had to remain with her grandparents in Kabul

The couple’s baby daughter had not yet received her British passport so had to remain with her grandparents in Kabul

British officials say they are still trying to safely evacuate all citizens still stranded in Afghanistan. Pictured: queues of people trying to flee from Kabul

British officials say they are still trying to safely evacuate all citizens still stranded in Afghanistan. Pictured: queues of people trying to flee from Kabul

Relatives who are caring for the couple in North London say they are in a race against time now that the Taliban has taken back control of Afghanistan. Above: Armed fighters parade along a road in Afghanistan as they celebrate the U.S withdrawal

Relatives who are caring for the couple in North London say they are in a race against time now that the Taliban has taken back control of Afghanistan. Above: Armed fighters parade along a road in Afghanistan as they celebrate the U.S withdrawal

Another family member said tonight: ‘Our family helped the UK and the U.S out when they came to Afghanistan back in 2001 and now it is us who needs help. Our family are targets for the Taliban.

‘The baby is currently with her mother’s parents in Kabul. They live in a house with about 15 other relatives.

‘Everyone is scared of what the Taliban will do and haven’t set foot out of the house in over two-weeks.

‘The parents are being looked after by family in London. We are rallying around and trying to do everything we can, particularly as the couple do not speak fluent English.

‘We have got a meeting with our local MP Barry Gardiner tomorrow. We’re going to go through all the paperwork with him and hope he can put pressure on the government to bring this child to Britain, out of harms way.

‘The baby’s British passport has now finally arrived and we are hoping that will help matters. But the problem remains that the borders in Afghanistan are closed and our family members in Kabul are too frightened to go out at the moment.’    

The British father and Afghan mother, who wish to remain anonymous, said they had no choice but to return to the UK in May to retain her UK visa

The British father and Afghan mother, who wish to remain anonymous, said they had no choice but to return to the UK in May to retain her UK visa

The UK completed its withdrawal from Kabul at the weekend with the US mission coming to a close earlier this week

The UK completed its withdrawal from Kabul at the weekend with the US mission coming to a close earlier this week

The government has said it would do all it could to help British nationals left behind at the end of the airlift. 

The family said they had no choice but to leave their newborn daughter behind because of the narrow window they were given to return to the UK, and they were told the baby could not travel without a passport.

The father had to return too because the mother speaks little English and needed help with the application for the new documents.

The couple intended to return to Afghanistan once the documents had arrived but the situation changed beyond their imagination when the Taliban seized power.

The parents received their baby’s passport on Wednesday but there are currently no commercial flights to or from Kabul.

The baby’s father said: ‘The baby’s father says they applied for the baby’s passport in March.

‘We miss her but we cannot do anything. We want to hug her, kiss her.’

British embassy staff departed from Kabul before the girl could be brought back to the UK and reunited with her parents.

But there are concerns about the safety of the baby’s grandparents after they gave help to Western forces since the 2001 invasion, and they have not left their house for the past week.

The father said British officials told him the baby is not British yet and would have to remain until her passport arrives.

The Home Office said they will ‘continue to do all we can to deliver on our obligation to British nationals and eligible Afghans’. 

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