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Parents of baby girl they were forced to leave in Kabul fear they will never get her to Britain

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The parents of a seven-month-old girl stranded in Kabul are meeting with their local MP to try to bring her back to Britain, fearing she will never be able to return to the UK.

The couple had to leave their seven-month-old son with her grandparents in the Afghan capital in May to solve an urgent UK visa problem.

Now, in a desperate bid to be reunited with their young child, they will meet tomorrow with Labor MP for Brent North, Barry Gardiner.

The baby’s mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, traveled to Kabul last September to visit her family while she was pregnant, but lost her UK ID card during the trip.

Her British husband joined her in December and the following month she gave birth in Afghanistan.

The mother was eventually granted a single entry visa, giving her 30 days to return and then apply for a replacement permit.

But their daughter had not yet received her British passport and had to stay with her maternal grandparents in Kabul.

Relatives caring for the couple in north London say they are in a race against time as the Taliban has taken back control of Afghanistan.

The parents of a seven-month-old girl (pictured) they had to leave were stranded in Kabul with her grandparents, fearing she will never reach the UK

British officials say they are still trying to safely evacuate all civilians still stranded in Afghanistan.  Pictured: rows of people entering Kabul.  try to escape

British officials say they are still trying to safely evacuate all civilians still stranded in Afghanistan. Pictured: rows of people entering Kabul. try to escape

The newborn’s Afghan mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she had no choice but to return to the UK in May to keep her UK visa.

She had traveled to Kabul last September to visit her family while pregnant, but lost her UK ID card during the trip.

Her British husband joined her in December and she gave birth the following month in the Afghan capital.

The mother was eventually granted a single entry visa, giving her 30 days to return and then apply for a replacement permit.

But their daughter had not yet received her British passport and had to stay with her grandparents in Kabul.

The baby’s mother told the BBC: ‘I have been separated from my baby for months. I’m lost without her by my side and we’re losing hope.

“I beg the government to please help us bring my baby and family back to me.”

Relatives caring for the couple in north London say they are in a race against time as the Taliban has taken back control of Afghanistan.  Above: Armed fighters parade along a road in Afghanistan as they celebrate US withdrawal

Relatives caring for the couple in north London say they are in a race against time as the Taliban has taken back control of Afghanistan. Above: Armed fighters parade along a road in Afghanistan as they celebrate US withdrawal

Another family member said tonight: ‘Our family helped the UK and US when they came to Afghanistan in 2001 and now it’s us who need help. Our family is targeted by the Taliban.

“The baby is currently with her mother’s parents in Kabul. They live in a house with about 15 other family members.

“Everyone is afraid of what the Taliban will do and hasn’t set foot outside the house for over two weeks.

‘The parents are being looked after by relatives in London. We gather around and try to do everything we can, especially since the couple is not fluent in English.

“We have a meeting with our local MP Barry Gardiner tomorrow. We’re going to go through all the paperwork with him and hope he can put pressure on the government to get this kid out of the danger zone in Britain.

“The baby’s UK passport has finally arrived and we hope that will help. But the problem remains that the borders in Afghanistan are closed and our relatives in Kabul are too scared to go outside right now.”

The British father and Afghan mother, who wish to remain anonymous, said they had no choice but to return to the UK in May to keep her UK visa

The British father and Afghan mother, who wish to remain anonymous, said they had no choice but to return to the UK in May to keep her UK visa

The UK completed its withdrawal from Kabul over the weekend and the US mission ended earlier this week

The UK completed its withdrawal from Kabul over the weekend and the US mission ended earlier this week

The government has said it will do everything it can to help British citizens left behind at the end of the airlift.

The family said they had no choice but to leave their newborn daughter behind because of the narrow window they were given to return to the UK, and they were told the baby could not travel without a passport.

The father also had to return because the mother speaks little English and needed help in applying for the new documents.

The couple planned to return to Afghanistan as soon as the documents arrived, but the situation changed unimaginably when the Taliban took power.

The parents received their baby’s passport on Wednesday, but there are currently no commercial flights to or from Kabul.

The baby’s father said, “The baby’s father says they applied for the baby’s passport in March.

“We miss her, but there’s nothing we can do. We want to hug her, kiss her.’

British Embassy staff left Kabul before the girl could be returned to the UK and reunited with her parents.

But there are concerns about the safety of the baby’s grandparents after helping Western troops since the 2001 invasion and failing to leave their home for the past week.

The father said British officials told him the baby is not British yet and would have to stay until her passport arrives.

The Home Office said they will “continue to do everything we can to fulfill our obligation to British citizens and eligible Afghans.”

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