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Ambassador in limbo makes plea for Afghans to be allowed into EU

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In other times, Mirwais Samadi would have welcomed a campaign to deter his compatriots from opting to become illegal migrants and embarking on the often dangerous trek from Afghanistan to Europe. By far the worst part...

‘The Taliban will have no mercy’: LGBTQ+ Afghans go into hiding

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Laila, a transgender woman in Afghanistan, rubs her eyes to wipe tears away. “I am terrified. It’s like a nightmare. I don’t feel safe even in my room. I’m scared of the Taliban. When I see them I feel they will know ...

The Observer view on the Taliban and how they underestimate ordinary Afghans

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The fall of Kabul in November 2001 was celebrated by rightwing British newspapers and commentators as something akin to Victorian imperial payback. Northern Alliance forces, backed by US and UK air strikes, swept the ...

Afghans protesters reportedly killed during Taliban crackdown on demonstrations, says UN – video

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The UN’s rights spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani, received reports of house-to-house searches for Afghan demonstrators during the Taliban’s violent crackdown on protests against their rule that has already led to four ...

‘My homeland, my only love’: fleeing Afghans embrace 1998 song

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As yet another generation of Afghans fled their homeland over the past fortnight, one song has resonated as a poignant anthem for the exodus. My Homeland – Sarzamin i Man in Farsi – was written in 1998 by the singer D...

My Homeland: song becomes poignant anthem for fleeing Afghans

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As yet another generation of Afghans fled their homeland over the past fortnight, one song has resonated as a poignant anthem for the exodus. My Homeland – Sarzamin i Man in Farsi – was written in 1998 by the singer D...

‘I pray they are alive’: Afghans headed to US think of families left behind

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As another 250 Afghan refugees evacuated from Kabul left the Sigonella airbase in Sicily bound for Philadelphia, Haifa, 30, watches the plane lift off the runway and disappear into the clouds. With dozens of other com...

‘People are broken’: Afghans describe first day under full Taliban control

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Arifa Ahmadi* started her first day under full Taliban control by burning her jeans and any other clothes that the Taliban would be likely to disapprove of as the nation woke up to a new era after the last American tr...

‘She will die’: Afghans take New Zealand government to court over alleged visa inaction

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In the video, New Zealand flags are burning. Their edges curl and the stars of the southern cross turn black, crumbling into the soil of a Kabul backyard. The flags are printed on sheet after sheet of paper: certifica...

UK councils urged to offer housing and support to fleeing Afghans

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Britain’s councils have been urged to come forward and provide accommodation and other help for Afghans fleeing the Taliban after the government said about two-thirds of local authorities had yet to confirm their supp...

Revealed: Foreign Office ignored frantic pleas to help Afghans

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Thousands of emails to the Foreign Office from MPs and charities detailing urgent cases of Afghans trying to escape from Kabul have not been read, including cases flagged by government ministers, the Observer has been...

Afghans crowd airport gates as evacuation efforts wind down

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Anxious crowds of Afghans still hoping to join the western evacuation airlift from Kabul have crowded airport gates less than a day after scores were killed in a devastating Islamic State double bombing. As flights fr...

‘Everyone is afraid’: Afghans fleeing Taliban push for exit into Pakistan

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His journey across the border had been torturous, a five-hour ordeal in a crush of thousands of people to walk just a few metres over the crossing between Spin Boldak in Afghanistan and Chaman in Pakistan. As Sherab K...

Pathway to freedom: hostile journey awaits Afghans fleeing the Taliban

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It is a treacherous journey of thousands of miles that crosses arid deserts, steep mountains, rivers, armed checkpoints, barbed wire and metres-high concrete walls. But for the Afghans fleeing the Taliban, this inhosp...

Fleeing Afghans should try to get to border, says UK defence secretary

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Afghans who want to flee to Britain may be better off “trying to get to the border” than awaiting RAF evacuation, the defence secretary has said as British troops made last-ditch attempts to airlift at least 1,500 rem...

Greece extends border wall to deter Afghans trying to reach Europe

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Greece said it has completed a 25-mile (40km) wall on its border with Turkey and installed a surveillance system to prevent possible asylum seekers from trying to reach Europe after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanist...

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