‘I’m crying and I’m shocked.’ Pen Farthing is sad because his employee was forced to turn around at gunpoint.
PEN Farthing has said that he is dealing with mixed emotions following his evacuation from Afghanistan, when he took 170 rescue animals but left his team behind.
The founder of Kabul-based animal rescue chairty Nowzad spoke to Good Morning Britain on Monday from Oslo, Norway, about the sad moments leading up to his escape. He revealed the harrowing ordeals he and his team went through trying to bring their rescue animals to Kabul airport, including one attempt that failed after the Taliban turned the convoy of 170 animals around at gunpoint.
“We were turned around because we didn’t have the proper paperwork,” Mr Farthing recounted.
“Because the regulations had just changed two hours ago!”
“It was horrible to be turned around by the Taliban at gunpoint and thrown back into the streets.”
“Especially in the aftermath of that incredibly horrific bombing,” he added.
Despite leaving his staff behind, he confessed that he was “glad we got the animals out.”
He said he had “mixed emotions” after safely returning to the UK and is currently in quarantine in Oslo, Norway, waiting to see his wife, Kaisa Markhus.
Mr Farthing went on to say that Joe Biden “modified the rules,” causing the evacuation to “run out of time.”
Mr Farthing went on to say that no soldiers supported him in evacuating the airport, despite his wife’s claim that military assistance was provided in removing the animals.