EU flags at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium | Photo: ANSA/Olivier Hoslet
From file: Afghan refugees arrive in Albania's capital Tirana on August 28, 2021 | Photo: Press Office Albania Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Pope Francis meets migrants on the Greek Island of Lesbos, 5 December 2021 | Photo: ANSA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO
Italian Coast Guard crew help a child to disembark from a rescue boat at Roccella Harbor, southern Italy | Photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Valeria Ferraro/SOPA Images/ZUMA Press Wire
Berlin will take in 100 refugees under the state's reception program | Photo: Picture-alliance/dpa/A.Gora
A handout picture provided by Vatican Media shows Pope Francis in audience greeting children participating in the 'Open' Hospitality March, on World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Vatican City, 10 September 2021 | Photo: EPA/VATICAN MEDIA HANDOUT
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is in the middle of a four-day trip, visiting Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Qatar, to discuss the future of Afghanistan | Photo: Felix Zahn/photothek/picture-alliance
NGOs were running schools for Afghan girls across the country | Photo: Reuters
A scene from reception and health checks at Rome's Fiumicino airport for approximately 70 people including Italian embassy personnel, other Italians who were in Afghanistan, and 19 Afghans who collaborated with the Italian diplomatic corps, August 16, 2021 | Photo: ANSA/DEFENCE MINISTRY PRESS OFFICE
Afghans stand in line to cross the Pakistani-Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan, 06 April 2020 | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/AKHTER GULFAM
Afghans who are displaced from Kunduz and Takhar provinces due to fighting between Taliban and Afghan forces gather to collect food, as they live in temporary shelters at a camp in Kabul on August 10, 2021 | Photo: Jawed Kargar/EPA
Some saw it coming, others were surprised: Germany is now trying to help people escape Afghanistan after a Taliban takeover | Photo: Picture-alliance/Marc Tessensohn/Bundeswehr