Sunday, December 5

A police officer from A Coruña recounts the drama in Kabul: “The mother had to choose between saving one child or another”

The Nicaraguan policeman Víctor Bellón, upon his arrival in Alvedro after completing the mission in Afghanistan.

The Nicaraguan policeman Víctor Bellón, upon his arrival in Alvedro after completing the mission in Afghanistan.
Victor Echave

The policeman Galician Victor Bellón, who participated in the evacuation operations of Spanish personnel in Afghanistan, recalled this Tuesday the image of the operation in Acceptance that was more strongly engraved on him: that of “a child who cried” because he left his brother, since “the mother had to choose between saving one child or the other,” as reported by this agent this Tuesday in A Coruña.

Visibly excited Victor Bellón has related this Tuesday in A Coruña some of the complicated and hard moments that occurred during the evacuation of Afghan collaborators of the Spanish Government in an intervention before the news media after being received by the deputy delegate of the Government in A Coruña, María Rivas; the coordinating chief inspector of the eighth Police Intervention Unit (UIP) of A Coruña, Felipe Díaz, and the chief commissioner of the provincial Citizen Security Brigade, Miguel Ferrero.

Victor Bellón (Narón, A Coruña, 1972) has worked in the National Police Corps for 27 years and, specifically, in Police Intervention Units for 23 years. He was assigned to Kabul in May 2021 and the arrival of the Taliban in the capital changed his work, although this was already his second mission in the Afghan city, where he had been in 2018.

The agent reported today in A Coruña that the image that stuck with the most force was that of the little boy crying for his brother, who stayed with his father in Afghanistan, while his mother fled with him. “That was the hardest. As a father, it would be impossible for me to choose,” stressed Bellón. However, he stressed that the experience was “satisfactory” for “being able to help those people.” “It’s what fills me the most,” he continued.

“I have already forgotten about the feeling of danger because you live there like in a bubble and you dedicate yourself to doing what you have to do,” he said. In this sense, he has admitted that “there were moments” in which he feared for his life, especially “in the attack on the last day.” “I am a calm person and sometimes I am not aware of these things either. I do my job,” emphasized the Naron, who also did not hesitate to answer that he would repeat if necessary “to help.”

Victor Bellón he brings with him the “professional” and “humanitarian” experience and feels “very proud” because they managed to evacuate “a lot of people”. The agent recalled that in recent days the goal was to “survive” by trying to do the best possible job with what they had.

About the future of Afghanistan, has lamented the situation of the people who had to stay, because being collaborators of foreigners “they are considered traitors” and has maintained that women “are the ones who are going to suffer the most,” along with children.

In the mission he was carrying out, he was with 16 other Spanish policemen who supported each other. “One day I was down one day and another day, another. We were supporting each other, because if one partner falls, it influences the others. We tried to cheer each other up,” he recalled.

For its part, Deputy Delegate of the Government in A Coruña, María Rivas, has transferred its recognition to the work carried out by Victor Bellón in the evacuation of Spanish personnel in Afghanistan, which consisted of “helping people who were trying to escape” from what the agent defined in the meeting as “a true hell”.

“The experiences that he has told us show the suffering of the Afghan population and the great work that our forces and bodies displaced there have done,” said Rivas, who extended his gratitude to all the displaced troops in different countries.

Currently, he has indicated, there are 2,900 policemen, civil guards and military personnel displaced in 16 missions that take place on four continents.

The Minister of Social Affairs, Fabiola García, has offered this morning all the support of the Xunta to the social entities that are helping Afghan refugees in Galicia, such as the provision of basic resources, schooling for minors, access to health or inclusion of social programs.

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