Who is Grant Bailey and what's happened to him in Afghanistan?

According to PMQs, questions remain about the fate of Grant Bailey, a British national who went missing in Afghanistan just before Christmas. We know that so far

Grant Bailey went missing in December

When the Taliban re-conquered Afghanistan in August 2021, the world watched as thousands of people fled.

While so many were looking for a way out, Grant Bailey, a man in his fifties from southern England, was looking for a way back.

He is said to have re-entered the country in September to work for a non-governmental organization (NGO) that previously worked in the country for several years, Sky News report.

Bailey has been missing since December, raising concerns for his safety. Sky reports that while the Taliban made promises about the safety of many people, not all were protected.

Sky added that women’s and girls’ rights were at risk after the United Nations warned of the disappearance of women.

Sky also alleged that children have been sold or recruited into soldiers and that around 100 Afghan security forces have been killed since the Taliban came to power.

What happened to Grant Bailey?

One MP believes the Taliban may have captured Grant Bailey
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British citizen Grant Bailey went missing in December just before Christmas. In the meantime, however, information has emerged that he is being held by the Taliban.

the Dorset Echo reports that Bailey was arrested at gunpoint hours before he left. Why he was arrested and where he is currently staying is currently unclear.

Speaking to the Dorset Echo, Grant’s brother Robin said, “In any case, all we need is peace of mind, until they admit we have him, we fear the worst.

“I just want the whole family to know what is happening, especially for my father’s sake, because he is not doing well.

“I didn’t find out until Christmas morning when I drove to my dad, whom I look after, and turned on the news when I saw his name on the treadmill below.

“I thought at first, no, it won’t be him, but it was.”

What will be done to get Grant Bailey back?

On the Prime Minister’s questions on January 12, 2022, Tory MP Richard Drax spoke about Bailey’s movements.

He said: “My constituent Grant Bailey returned to Afghanistan in September. He disappeared in December, around Christmas time.

“We believe the Taliban have it.”

Mr Drax then asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson if he knew who Bailey was and if he had any information on the latest developments for him or Grant’s family.

“May my very honorable friend [Johnson] advise me and his family if he knows anything about this man, who has him and what is being done to bring him home? “

Johnson thanked Drax before responding, “I’ll arrange a meeting for him with the minister responsible as soon as possible to see what we can do to help Grant.”

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