This country’s COVID rule is so strict that it makes it easier for the Taliban to return to Afghanistan

For those who believe that a strong, wise leader who is willing to impose severe measures on the country they govern can prevent the COVID-19 pandemic in its early stages, Prime Minister New Zealand general Jacinda Ardern is essentially the Platonic form of this leader.

Ardern’s absurd containment and quarantine measures are believed to have New Zealand only had 52 deaths from the virus, according to Related press. Admittedly, this is an impressive number.

Consider how Ardern’s government got there, though: It was arguably safer and easier for an unmarried, pregnant New Zealand journalist who has criticized the Taliban’s treatment of women female seeking refuge in Afghanistan rather than letting her return to her homeland.

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Charlotte Bellis, a journalist for Al Jazeera, wrote in a column for New Zealand Herald announced Friday that, after returning from Afghanistan to Al Jazeera’s home base in Doha, Qatar, in September, she discovered she was pregnant by her partner, a New York photographer. Times, who is still in love Kabul.


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Bellis was told by the doctor that she couldn’t have children so she was in shock. However, this presents a problem: Being pregnant and unmarried in Qatar is illegal. When Bellis asked her gynecologist if she would notify the police, she was told, “I won’t, but I can’t treat you, and I can only say that you need to get married or leave the country as soon as possible.”

The first choice was not possible with her partner in Kabul. As a result, she tried to get a place in what is known as MIQ, or Managed Isolation and Quarantine – New Zealand’s overburdened system through which Kiwis can claim to return home from abroad and import Isolation Center.

Bellis wrote: “I immediately started playing the MIQ lottery, waking up at 3am and staring at the computer, only to miss it again and again.

“I resigned from Al Jazeera in November, losing my income, health insurance and residence. I can’t tell you how many questions I get: Why now? Why did you leave? It doesn’t make sense? I’m clearly not very convinced in my ‘it’s just time for a change’ answer.

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“Then, a little relief. The government announced that New Zealand will open its doors to citizens at the end of February,” she continued. “The timing was perfect. I will be 29 weeks pregnant and may be back in time for our little girl’s due date in May. Foreigners will be allowed in from the end of April, so Jim can also be there for the birth. We booked a plane ticket home and found a midwife in Christchurch.”

However, where can they wait until February? They tried Belgium, her husband’s hometown, but New Zealanders can only spend a limited amount of time there. The only other country they both had visas for was Afghanistan, as they covered the withdrawal chaos. She held a meeting with senior Taliban officials, explaining her predicament and asking if there would be any legal problems if the couple got back – even though she was pregnant and they not married.

“No, we’re happy for you, you can come, and you won’t have any problems. Just tell everyone you’re married and if it escalates, give us a call. Do not worry. Everything will be fine,” the officials said.

When the Taliban provide you – a pregnant, unmarried woman – safe haven, you know your situation is messed up, writes Bellis. This is doubly true when you consider that she is best known for asking Taliban officials, during their first press conference after the fall of Kabul, “What will you do to protect the rights of women and girls?”

After that, the reopening of the border in February was “delayed”, meaning Bellis had to apply for an urgent MIQ position. Featuring letters from obstetricians in New Zealand citing the dangers of childbirth in Afghanistan, the documents detail their relationships and finances, vaccination status and travel itineraries. them in the past few months, you would easily guess they will easily qualify. You are wrong.


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“On Monday, January 24, we woke up to an email. We were turned down,” she wrote. “Firstly, because our departure date was 14 days past – which we did on purpose because flights are difficult to get out of Kabul and gives us time to appeal if we are denied. And second, because MIQ says ‘you have not provided any evidence’ that ‘you have a schedule of medical treatment in New Zealand,’ that this is ‘time-critical’ and that ‘you cannot have or access similar treatment in your current location. . ‘

“Our current position is Afghanistan,” said Bellis bitterly.

New Zealand’s COVID Response Minister Chris Hipkins issued a rebuttal to the New Zealand Herald, which somehow made things worse.

Although flights out of Kabul difficult to obtain, Hipkins stressed “travel must be very time-critical” and said the government sent her a letter “inviting her to re-apply within 14 days and contact MIQ if she plans to change her flight to return to New Zealand sooner.”

Not that this means she will get a spot in MIQ after re-registering or moving her flights forward.

“We have a team of people managing urgent allocation requests, and a team that closely monitors applications, and Charlotte’s location in Afghanistan caught their attention. Thirty minutes after the initial rejection email, they contacted her to inform her that if she were to change her flight to an earlier return date, additional supporting information would be required to process the application. follow-up and they clearly state the requirements for evidence,” Hipkins wrote.

“This is not unusual and is an example of the group helping New Zealanders in distress.”

Here’s Jacinda Ardern’s COVID response minister describing how his government is being “helpful” to a pregnant, unmarried woman in the Taliban’s Afghanistan, a country already near the bottom of Human Development Index list before The US-backed government failed last August. He or someone close to him wrote this letter, re-read it to see how it sounded, then sent it to the New Zealand Herald with the impression that it had taken his government’s actions. go in a favorable direction. I can’t add a comment that would do that logical justice correctly.

Hipkins continues: “We have the capacity of a small town in New Zealand each month – about 12,600 people in 9,000 rooms every 28 days. “Even so, there is finite capacity in the MIQ system and that’s for good reason – Covid-19 is still spreading around the world and we need to keep New Zealand safe. We constantly have to strike a balance between bringing people to New Zealand and protecting us all from Covid entering the community. ”

You got it: They were more scared than a New Zealand citizen bringing an illegitimate child in Afghanistan by the Taliban that could bring COVID into the country than about her plight. Hipkins insists this is because they “need to keep New Zealand safe.”

Note the language there: They are not intended to keep New Zealanders safe, only New Zealand. They adore numbers and ignore the lives behind them.

There’s a happy ending here – which sadly has nothing to do with Ardern’s movements working properly. On Sunday, Emissary reports Bellis has been granted asylum in another country, although the reporter and her representative are keeping it a secret.

“Very sad. I have been very proud for a very long time as a New Zealander, at the beginning of the pandemic,” Bellis told the Herald from Kabul. “We take care of each other, we empathize, we get the job done. It’s like a breach of trust. I’m one of your guys, and I need help.”

And the Taliban provided it when New Zealand couldn’t – proof of how deeply ingrained the secular religion’s talismans of safetyism are in the minds of Prime Minister Ardern and her associates.

But it has to work, right? There have been only 52 deaths in New Zealand; it’s not even three digits. Shame on that journalist.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who divides his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he has been writing for the Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who divides his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he has written for the Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Outside of politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially story fiction. British painting and modern Japanese lighting), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (both America and the world).

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Catholic University of America

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