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‘The most difficult journey of my life’: an Afghan family’s escape to the UK

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The day the Taliban arrived in Kabul, Dina* went to her office in the city’s law courts as normal. It was deserted. “Only the cleaner was there,” the 41-year-old supreme court judge remembers. “The cleaner said: what ...

Far-right groups in UK target hotels housing Afghan refugees

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The evacuation of thousands of Afghan refugees to the UK after Kabul fell to the Taliban has triggered an increase in far-right groups targeting hotels where they are being accommodated, according to those monitoring ...

‘We’ve heard it could be months’: Afghan refugees await UK homes

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After a hellish journey involving wading through sewage to reach Kabul airport and cramming into a military plane with no seats, Farukhzad was relieved beyond belief to reach England in August. But after six weeks in ...

Afghan refugees may be housed in UK hotels for up to a year, say councils

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Council leaders are making contingency plans for thousands of refugees evacuated from Kabul to remain housed in hotel rooms for up to a year, while criticisising ministers for slow progress in finding long-term housin...

Afghan refugees accuse Turkey of violent illegal pushbacks

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As the sun sets over a dusty ravine on the outskirts of Van city in eastern Turkey, Muhammdullah Sangeen and dozens of other Afghans are preparing for another night sleeping rough. The 22-year-old, who has a bruised l...

Afghan refugee stabbed to death in London in front of schoolchildren

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A teenage Afghan refugee was stabbed to death on a sports field in south-west London in front of schoolchildren playing rugby. The victim, named as 18-year-old Hazrat Wali, from Notting Hill, was attacked at about 4.4...

‘Send us home,’ beg Afghan refugees stuck in UK hotels

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Afghans who recently arrived in the UK after fleeing the Taliban takeover have asked to be sent back, casting doubt over the success of Operation Warm Welcome, the government’s Afghan resettlement programme. It was la...

UK urged to resettle fleeing Afghan women’s football team

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The UK government is being asked to urgently resettle female players from Afghanistan’s junior football team who fled the Taliban and have been offered a new life with Leeds United. The 35 young women – many of whom a...

Revealed: UK forces linked to deaths of nearly 300 Afghan civilians

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British forces are linked to the deaths of 86 children and more than 200 adult civilians during the Afghanistan conflict, with compensation of just £2,380 paid on average for each life lost, new figures reveal. They a...

‘We buried our sportswear’: Afghan women fear fight is over for martial arts

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On the morning of 15 August, when the Taliban were at the gates of Kabul, Soraya, a martial arts trainer in the Afghan capital, woke up with a sense of dread. “It was as though the sun had lost its colour,” she says. ...

Some Afghan refugees to be housed in UK hotels for months

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Some of the 7,000 Afghan refugees who are currently being housed in hotels are likely still to be in emergency hotel accommodation by the end of the year, the head civil servant in the Home Office indicated under ques...

Zahra Joya: the Afghan reporter who fled the Taliban – and kept telling the truth about women

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Just over a month ago, Zahra Joya left her house in Kabul to walk to her office, as she had been doing every day. From this small office, Joya, a journalist, ran Rukhshana Media, the news agency she founded last year ...

Afghan women stage protest in Kabul after Taliban crack down on women’s rights – video report

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More than a dozen women staged a protest in Kabul on Sunday, holding up signs calling for the participation of women in public life. The protest came as female government employees in Kabul were told to stay home, wit...

#DoNotTouchMyClothes: Afghan women’s social media protest against Taliban

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After street demonstrations across major cities in Afghanistan, women have now taken to social media to protest against the Taliban’s hardline policies towards them. An online campaign has seen Afghan women around the...

UK borders bill could criminalise Afghan refugees, UN representative warns

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The UN’s refugee chief in London has said the introduction of the new nationality and borders bill could criminalise Afghan people who manage to escape the Taliban. Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, the UNHCR’S representative i...

Afghan refugees in UK quarantine hotels treated like ‘prisoners’

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Afghans evacuated to the UK feel like prisoners after being left trapped in quarantine conditions longer than necessary, several of them have told the Guardian, prompting concern about their human rights and wellbeing...

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