In May, the couple had no choice but to return to the UK to collect a single-entry visa issued to their mother and leave their daughter, who did not yet have a passport, with her grandparents.
The mother and father of a seven-month-old baby fear the little girl stranded in Kabul without them will never get to the UK.
A five month delay in receiving her baby’s British passport means she is currently stuck with her grandparents in Afghanistan.
The baby’s mother, an Afghan national who was not identified by name to protect her identity, traveled to Afghanistan in September last year to see her family.
However, her plans were thwarted when she lost her UK ID while traveling.
Because of this, she was unable to return to the UK before the birth of her baby. reported the BBC.
Her British partner flew to see her in December and she gave birth to her daughter in Kabul in January.
In May, the couple had no choice but to return to the UK to collect a single-entry visa issued to their mother, which gave her 30 days to return to the UK to apply for a replacement permit.
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The baby was unable to travel without a passport and her family said they had no choice but to leave her as the time to travel back was limited.
Since the mother speaks very little English, she needed her partner, who was returning to the UK with her, to help her get the replacement documents.
They hoped to return to Afghanistan after the document was issued, but things escalated in Afghanistan and several months have passed.
While the parents received their baby’s passport on Wednesday, there are now no commercial flights to and from Kabul.
They hoped to return to Afghanistan after the document was issued, but events intensified.
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Although the parents received their baby’s passport on Wednesday, there are now no commercial flights to and from Kabul.
The baby remains in the care of her grandparents while her parents sorely miss her but feel powerless and have no way of bringing her back.
“She is stuck in Afghanistan because of the delay in the passport. If the passport had taken less time, she would have been here with us,” the London-based father of the baby told the BBC.
The Brit said he applied for the baby’s passport back in March.
The baby’s mother also pleaded with the government to help her bring her baby back, saying she was losing hope.
British forces and embassy staff are said to have left Kabul before the baby could be brought to the UK.
The girl’s father said British officials told him the family would have to wait for the baby to have a passport.
“You said she is not British yet. You have to wait for your passport to arrive, then she will be British, then we can help you.”
The couple were concerned about the safety of the baby’s grandparents who had been helping British and US forces since 2001. For fear of the Taliban, they had not left their house in Kabul in the past week.
A statement from the Home Office to the BBC said the UK will continue to “do all we can” to meet an obligation to UK nationals and eligible Afghans.
It said it had not commented on individual cases, but “more must be done to support those at risk”.
A system has been put in place to protect the most vulnerable Afghan citizens.
More than 16,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan from Britain, it said.
The Foreign Office said all UK nationals who wish to stay in Afghanistan and leave the country, as well as those who care for Brits in Afghanistan, should continue to review travel advisories and sign up for alerts.