A desperate father who pleaded with the Australian government to help his family escape war-torn Afghanistan has been trolled online by a vile racist who called him a ‘maggot’ and said ‘the Taliban are coming for you’.
The Victorian dad, who asked not to be identified to protect his family, is stuck the Afghan capital Kabul after it was stormed by Taliban troops on Sunday.
He flew to the Middle Eastern nation in June to be with his Afghan wife and daughters while they waited for their Australians visas to be approved, but approval didn’t come before the terror group invaded.
The man said in a Facebook group on Monday that he was too terrified to sleep at night, and asked other Australians for advice.
‘I am stuck in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban have entered the city and the President has fled. Looks like getting out of here is almost becoming impossible,’ he wrote.
An Australian man who is terrified for his life while stuck in Afghanistan has been trolled (pictured)
The vile troll called the father a ‘maggot’ and said ‘the Taliban are coming for you’
‘I am urging the government to speed up the evacuation plan (if there is any) before it is too late.’
While many sent heartfelt comments of support and encouragement, one man sent him a series of hate-fuelled private messages.
‘You will not be getting asylum here,’ the troll replied, even though the said multiple times that he is an Australian citizen and is not seeking asylum.
‘You are not welcome in Australia … The Taliban is coming for you.’
The father said he studied in Australia, has lived in Victoria for many years and is trying to escape terrorism, but the troll ignored his explanation.
‘You are stealing Australian jobs get out of the country maggot,’ he said.
The troll told the father he is ‘not welcome in Australia’, even though he lives in Victoria
Pictured: A C-17 jet carrying 640 Afghan refugees that left Kabul on Sunday night as the Taliban claimed the city. The flight landed in Qatar
‘You will be stuck there for a long time Taliban are not going to let you out.’
He then tried to FaceTime the father seven times.
Horrified people in the social media group apologised for the troll’s actions and tried to issue messages of support.
‘Hope you and your family get out of there safely,’ one user wrote.
‘If the bloke had even half a brain, he could have checked your FB profile to see your connection to Melbourne, Australia.’
‘You are more Australian than that a***hole. Block him concentrate on you and getting on the evac flights,’ another added.
In a message to Daily Mail Australia, the father said the situation in Kabul is ‘getting more dangerous by the hour’.
The Taliban stormed Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. Pictured: A Taliban fighter mans a machinegun on top of a vehicle as they patrol along a street in Kabul on August 16
‘I am very worried about my family as I am not able to leave them behind in this situation.
Videos have emerged of people swarming Kabul’s airport to try and get on military evacuation flights.
Footage has shown people clinging to planes taking off, with some seen falling to their deaths.
Defence Minister Peter Dutton has authorised plans for troops and equipment to help evacuate citizens still in Afghanistan.
‘That’s where we’ll stage from, but we’ll work with the Americans and others including the Turks to make a very difficult, tragic situation the best it could be.’
More than 250 Australian defence personnel will be deployed to support three RAAF aircraft to evacuate citizens and visa holders under a US-led operation. Pictured: Taliban fighters on Monday
More than 250 Australian defence personnel will be deployed to support three RAAF aircraft to evacuate citizens and visa holders under a US-led operation.
The government will help citizens working with NGOs, contractors and dual nationals, who had stayed since Australia shut its embassy in May.
‘We’ll provide assistance to withdraw them and that will take some time,’ Mr Dutton said.
Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said Afghan people in Australia on temporary visas would be supported and none made to return to their home country for now.
Labor’s foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong criticised the government’s efforts as too little, too late.
We have both Australian citizens, but importantly, people who have helped us, who have not yet been able to have their visas considered, who are still in Afghanistan, who are still in Kabul,’ she said.
‘That is something that has been on the cards for a long time
‘Our national interest is in ensuring those who helped us are helped.’
Since April, 430 Afghan employees, as well as their families, have been brought to Australia.
More are expected to be evacuated in coming weeks.