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From Turkey, bodies of 20 Afghans flown to Kabul

From Turkey, bodies of 20 Afghans flown to Kabul

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Mar 12, 2016 - 16:08

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The bodies of 20 Afghans, who had drowned in Turkey on their way to Europe, arrived in Kabulon Saturday, an official said.

The bodies of the migrants, airlifted by the Turkish government, were handed over to relatives at the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

A tearful Sher Mohammad, 45, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Ten members of my family drowned in front of my eyes, but I could not do anything to rescue them,”

He urged the countrymen seeking migrationinfo-icon to European countries to give up their dreams, given the serious risks involved in the dangerous journey.

“I sold all my belongings to travel to Europe. But now I deeply regretwhat I have done. I have lost my family members and valuable,” he remarked.

Hamid, a relative of Sher Mohammad, alleged the Afghan government even did not help bring the bodies to the country. He said Mohammad had paid $30,000 to the Turkish pilots for flying the bodies to Kabul.

Four other victims of the incident included a mother, her two daughters and a son.A relative of the victims said that only a 14-year-old boy and his father survived the tragedy.

The family members of six dead bodies denied to talks with media outlets.

More than a million refugees arrived in Europe by sea in 2015, with over 80 percent entering via Greece, according to the UN.

According to the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, around 250,000 Afghan migrants have traveled to European countries in the past one year.

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