A student who travelled to Afghanistan after Googling ’most dangerous countries to visit’ has become stuck after the Taliban marched into the Kabul.
Miles Routledge, 22, thought it "was going to be fine" to head to the dangerous destination as he was "under the impression that the country wouldn’t fall for another month".
But just two days into his trip, the Taliban marched into the capital and all flights out of the city were cancelled, leading the unlucky Loughborough University student to write on Facebook: "I'm stuck in Afghanistan. Bit of a pickle."
Speaking to The Spectator from a safe house in Kabul, Routledge said: "I’d seen videos on YouTube of people going. I thought maybe the worst case would be food poisoning."
In regular updates on his public Facebook page, the stranded student shared with his followers how his trip was unfolding.
Miles wrote: "Also things aren’t good for me right now, as I spoke to the journalists about my experience I actually remembered them, I didn’t remember them before.
"I’m struggling to stand and keep down water, I don’t think I’ll sleep tonight, I’ve seen too many dead people.
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"I just wanted this whole thing to be a little charity thing where I can explore a weird country but I’ve mentally broken down. I’m not sure what’s going on right now, my face in the mirror doesn’t look right."
A few hours later, the brave 22-year-old provided his worried fans with a further update.
"I slapped myself and did some breathing, back to normal," he said.
"I’m making things work, I won’t reply to most messages rn (right now) as I’m calling people who may be able to get me out. I still have no regrets but damn I wish I packed more socks."
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Miles has been inundated with messages of support from all over the world.
"I couldn’t have done it without you lot," he wrote on Facebook.
The physics student says his Catholic faith is helping him through the traumatic experience.
Speaking on live streaming platform Twitch, the student said he had imagined being asked to reject Christ at gunpoint and refusing.
He said: "I was fully prepared for death, I accepted it.
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"This trip has been a test of God. I’m very religious so I believe I’ll be looked after.
"Before I left I wrote a letter to my friends saying that if I died, not to feel guilty, that I would die happy and religious and proud."
Miles is hoping the British government will hear his story and help him escape from the fallen city.
In a further update on Facebook tonight, Routledge wrote: "Give me some hope lads, I understand most here aren’t British but if I get back home, I’m happy to do a meet up in London and shake everyone’s hand and give my thanks."
The 22-year-old student remains in an undisclosed Kabul safe house.
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