Swiss pilot Juzi flies relief supplies through war zones

Taliban, war, corruption: for many, Afghanistan is one of the worst countries in the world. Not for Daniel Juzi (53) from Gossau. To Blick he says: “For me it is the most beautiful country with the friendliest people.”

Juzi lived with his family in Kabul from 1998 to 2015, from where he flew transport missions as a pilot for the humanitarian aid organization Pactec and, as a security officer, trained colleagues in how to fly to mountain airports. His delicate mission also included negotiations with the dreaded Taliban, who have been on a conquest tour since the withdrawal of American troops. “I had to be sure that I could get my cargo to its destination without getting into a shootout,” he says.