Former Royal Marines commando Pen Farthing is the brainchild of the Nowzad Dogs charity in the UK.
The former commando made the decision to remain in Kabul when it fell in August 2021 until his Afghan employees’ and their families’ permission to leave had been obtained. To charter a flight to evacuate his staff, their families, and the animals in the charity’s sanctuary, more than £200,000 was contributed by well-wishers.
On August 27, the British Armed Forces assisted Pen in getting to the airport with his animals.
Farthing left Afghanistan with them on August 28 as the lone passenger aboard a private jet equipped to evacuate an additional 229 people after the British government rejected his offer to do so.
Where Is Pen Farthing Now?
Pen Farthing just declared that he will take a break from social media in an Instagram snapshot of himself.
He said that he has come to the realization that using social media is probably half the issue and that taking a vacation won’t hurt him.
The former commando hasn’t provided any additional information regarding his future plans. He entered the airport with his rescue animals while in Kabul in 2021.
On August 28, it is reported that the private aircraft used for the evacuation mission touched down in Kabul.
He said to The Sun that leaving them behind was simply too distressing and that there were “plenty of tears” when he did so.
Farthing planned to fly to Tashkent before traveling to the UK to quarantine his animals until Christmas.
Pen Farthing’s Net Worth: How Rich Is He?
Based on his business expenses, Pen Farthing’s net worth is presumably in the range of $500,000 or even higher.
He is the creator of the British-based animal welfare group Nowzad Dogs. For the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2021, Nowzad Dogs reported that their total revenue was £838,078 and their total expenses were £727,913.
The charitable trust, which is funded through fundraisers and donations, is Pen’s primary source of income.
An ex-commando is a modest man who wants to use the money he has so far made to live a respectable life.
He was an RSPCA Animal Hero Award nominee, and CNN named him the 2014 Hero of the Year.
Update On Pen Farthing’s Family
In 1969, Paul Farthing was born in Essex, England, to parents. By the end of the year, he will be 53.
Farthing is of Caucasian ancestry, just like his parents, and seems to be a Christian. It appears that both of his parents are British nationals.
They are also thrilled to see their son engaging in such admirable philanthropic endeavors.
Farthing seems to have had a happy childhood and comes from a wealthy household.
He seems to find encouragement from his family, who have always prayed and pushed him to live a decent life.
He is very kind and humble because of his parents, who raised him.
Who Is Pen Farthing’s Wife? Info On Their Children
Kaisa Markhus and Pen Farthing have been together happily ever after.
Ascend Athletics, a group that encouraged Afghan females to participate in athletics, had Kaisa as its country director.
She helped her husband as much as she could with his career and also took part in the Nowzad Dogs charity. Her parents brought her up in Norway where she was born.
The duo enjoys taking trips together and even shares photos of their adventures online. Although she is followed by over 2500 people on Instagram as @kaisahelene, her account is currently in private mode.
The couple’s plans to start a family have not been revealed, but it appears that they have adopted Nowzad Dogs as their home and treated the dogs as members of their family, which is quite kind of them.
Paul “Pen” Farthing (born 1969) is a British former Royal Marines commando and founder of the Nowzad Dogs charity.
Birth name Paul Farthing
Born May 1969
Service/branch Royal Marines
Unit 42 Commando
Awards CNN Hero of the Year 2014
Spouse(s) Kaisa Markhus
Other work Nowzad Dogs charity
England’s Essex is where Paul Farthing was born. In the Royal Marines, he rose to the rank of sergeant. He is married to Kaisa Markhus, the country director for Ascend Athletics, an organization that encouraged Afghan girls to compete in athletics.
Founding of the Nowzad charity
Wylie: The Brave Street Dog Who Never Gave Up is one of the many books written by Farthing, who is also the founder of the charity Nowzad Dogs and the author of a number of other publications. In 2006, Farthing was sent to Afghanistan, where he intervened in a dog fight that was taking place on the street in the town of Nawzad. During his tour of duty, he was accompanied by one of the dogs, who was eventually given the name Nowzad. At the conclusion of his tour of duty, Farthing made it his mission to bring the dog back to the United Kingdom. This experience motivated him to found the nonprofit organization Nowzad Dogs.
Evacuation of animals from Afghanistan (2021)
During the fall of Kabul in August 2021, Farthing made the decision to stay in the city until all of his Afghan employees, together with their family members (for a total of 71 persons), were given permission to leave. Donations totaling over £200,000 were collected in order to charter a flight for the purpose of evacuating Nowzad’s employees, their families, and the animals housed in the charity’s sanctuary.
During the time that Kabul was falling, Farthing claimed that the British Ministry of Defense prevented an evacuation flight from landing at Hamid Karzai International Airport. These statements were refuted by Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, who stated that his department was unable to get his workers as well as their dogs through the checkpoints set up by the Taliban and the throng that surrounded the airport, and that the jet would have had to wait for several hours. He further stated that he would not “prioritize dogs over people” in his decision-making process.
On August 23, the government of the United Kingdom issued visas to 68 of the 71 employees and family members of those employees. However, the government did not give permission for the charity’s animals to be evacuated. Permission was finally granted on 25 August.
On August 27, members of the British Armed Forces provided assistance to Farthing and his animals as they made their way to the airport. Because the British government declined Farthing’s offer to evacuate additional people using the empty seats, he was the sole passenger on the private airplane that left Afghanistan with them on August 28. This was despite the fact that the plane had the capacity to evacuate another 229 people. The Afghan employees of the organization were denied entry into the country by the Taliban at an airport checkpoint on the grounds that they did not possess the necessary visa stamps.
During the time when the United Kingdom was being removed from Afghanistan, Farthing became the focus of several newspaper briefings that were written against him by members of the ruling Conservative party as well as their allies. Ben Wallace, the defense secretary for the United Kingdom, accused Farthing of interfering with efforts to evacuate British people and Afghan friends from Kabul. Wallace also claimed that Farthing and his supporters were engaging in techniques of intimidation and misrepresenting events.
The recording of a threatening voicemail that Farthing sent to Peter Quentin, a special adviser to Ben Wallace, was obtained by The Sunday Times. In the voicemail, Farthing accused Quentin of preventing him from boarding his flight and warned that he would “destroy” Quentin if the flight was not approved and if travel documents were not immediately granted to Farthing’s employees and their family members. Those who supported Farthing accused the Ministry of Defense of engaging in a malicious attempt to defame him by leaking the audio recording. After some time had passed, Farthing issued an apology for the voicemail, explaining that he had left it out of exasperation. Farthing was also subsequently accused by the press of using his connections to influence the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson to personally intervene. Despite the fact that there is no evidence that Farthing had any capacity to directly influence the UK’s Prime Minister in this manner, Farthing was later accused of using his connections to influence Boris Johnson to personally intervene.
Evidence suggests that Pen Farthing was made a scapegoat by government ministers responsible for the botched Afghanistan withdrawal and those briefing to undermine Boris Johnson, who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time. This evidence refutes a significant portion of the controversy.
Nominated for the Animal Hero Awards presented by the RSPCA (2013).
Received the “CNN Hero of 2014” award from CNN.