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Exodus: Biblical scene as thousands flee Taliban-held Afghanistan walking miles through the desert across the Pakistani border and into Iran
- Remarkable clip shows thousands desperately fleeing Taliban-held Afghanistan
- Human caravan pictured moving across Pakistan’s desert border and into Iran
- Migrants who have survived the journey describe a scene of chaos, with elderly people, pregnant women and babies among those making the perilous trip
- Comes as MPs revealed their concern about a new influx of migrants into Europe
PUBLISHED: 23:56 BST, 31 August 2021 | UPDATED: 13:32 BST, 1 September 2021
Remarkable footage shows the truly epic scale of the exodus of Afghans fleeing their country to head west.
And for British politicians concerned about an influx of migrants to Europe, these images will confirm their worst fears.
The mass migration across the desert where the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran all meet shows an endless river of people flowing between the mountains
In the footage, with the human caravan stretching back as far as the eye can see, few words are spoken
For these men, women and children, their initial destination is likely to be Turkey, still more than 1,000 miles away across Iran, and from there many of them will hope to come to Europe and Britain.
A migrant who recently made the same journey said the stretch shown is at the end of a four-hour trek through rough terrain, where the Afghan refugees, having travelled briefly through Pakistan, continue their journey with Iranian people smugglers.
He said: ‘These are the poorest people, because there are other ways which involve less walking, but those routes cost more.’
More try to join the 1.4 million Afghan refugees already in Pakistan.