People in Afghanistan apply for precious travel documents, passports that would allow them to leave the war-torn nation.
With the Taliban is making huge advances in the countryside as foreign forces wind up their withdrawal, many Afghans -- those with the means, at least -- are looking for a way out. Not everyone will make an immediate exit, but most want the safety net -- knowing they can leave at short notice.
Dozens begin lining up at the passport office in Kabul before dawn most days, and by eight in the morning the queue already stretches for a good hundred meters.
Applicants need to have their picture taken, eyes biometrically recorded and fingerprints taken as part of the process, with a thorough security frisk thrown in for good measure.
Many of those in line had no idea where they would go if given the chance -- or if any other country would even have them.
Most nations require Afghans to jump through hoops for a visa, with massive quantities of documentation required along with proof of financial stability that few possess.
Still, everyone wants to be ready.