afghan refugees

Kabul Welcomes Back National Geographic’s Green-Eyed “Afghan Girl”

By Akram Walizada KABUL, Nov 9 – Afghan’s president on Wednesday welcomed back Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” whose 1985 photo in National Geographic became a symbol of her country’s wars, offering her a furnished apartment after she was deported by Pakistan. Pakistan security officials escorted Gula overnight from a Peshawar hospital, where she

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Pakistan to Deport “Afghan Girl” from Famed National Geographic Photo

By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 4 – A Pakistani judge on Friday ordered the deportation of Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” whose 1985 photo in National Geographic became a symbol of her country’s wars, after finding her guilty of illegally obtaining a Pakistani identity card. Gula, now in her 40s, also was sentenced

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Aid Agencies Struggle to Assist Wave of Returning Afghan Refugees

By Josh Smith TORKHAM, Afghanistan, Oct 23  – Perched on top of lumbering trucks overflowing with all their possessions, Afghan families are streaming back to their home country at unprecedented rates, leaving international organisations scrambling to provide aid as winter approaches. The flow of returnees from neighbouring Iran and Pakistan this year, estimated by the

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Afghan Refugees in Pakistan Feel Heat of Rising Regional Tensions

By James Mackenzie and Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Oct 3 – For Samihullah, a tailor from a family of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, the first indication that it might be time to leave the country was the insults levelled at him in the bazaar. Born to refugee parents in the northern Pakistani town of Mansehra, he

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Afghan Boy’s Hope of New Life in Europe Ends in Suicide

By Sven Nordenstam and Benjamin Lesser SVANGSTA, Sweden, Sept 22 – Mustafa Ansari’s journey ended one April morning in his bedroom in a quiet Swedish village. At around 7 a.m., staff at the young asylum-seekers’ centre where Ansari was staying found him dead. The sheets of his metal bunk bed were tied so tightly around

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Serbian Border Patrol Arrests Three for Smuggling 64 Afghans

BELGRADE, Aug 30  – The Serbian authorities have detained three men on suspicion of the attempted smuggling of 64 Afghan migrants, including women and infants, in the south east of the country near the border with Bulgaria, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. So far this year Serbia has arrested 360 suspects accused of smuggling

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Afghan Refugee With Axe Attacks Passengers on German Train

BERLIN, July 18 – A 17-year-old Afghan refugee wielding an axe and a knife attacked passengers on a train in southern Germany on Monday evening, severely wounding four, before he was shot dead by police, the interior minister for the state of Bavaria said. Speaking on German public television, Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said it

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Bulgaria to Return Detained Afghan Migrants to Greece

SOFIA, May 28 – Bulgaria detained 53 Afghan migrants on Saturday aboard a freight train from Greece and said it would return them to its southern neighbour to “send a strong message” to others who might be tempted to use the same route to western Europe. Greece’s border with Macedonia just to the west is

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Afghans Feel Forgotten in Europe’s Migrant Crisis

By Dasha Afanasieva CESME, Turkey, March 6 – As the European Union and Turkey focus on stemming the flow of Syrian refugees attempting perilous journeys across the Aegean sea to Greece, another migrant community whose numbers are also swelling says it is being overlooked. Largely denied the chance for legal resettlement in Europe and struggling

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