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Afghans deported from Turkey block Kabul airport road

Afghans deported from Turkey block Kabul airport road

May 09, 2019 - 18:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Dozens of Afghans on Thursday protested against their forced deportation to Afghanistaninfo-icon from Turkey and blocked the road to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

Around 250 Afghans, who left their country and took refuge in Turkey due to insecurity and joblessness during the last few months, were deported by Turkey today after spending six months in that country.

Some of the deportees accused the Afghan government of negligence in preventing their deportation and said Pakistani and Iranian refugees remained in Turkey, while they were forcibly expelled.

They said they would continue their protest until the government provided work opportunities for them and paid their expenditures.

Abdul Ghani, a resident of Rustaq district of Takhar province, who had illegally migrated to Turkey through Iran four months ago, said, “Joblessness forced us to migrate to Turkey and we paid $800 to our traffickers, but we were arrested by police immediately after we reached there.”

“Turkish police were visiting us every day, asking us to sign the deportation form or they would imprison us, we were obligated to sign the form and then we were deported to Kabul today,” he said.

Mohammad Erfan, a resident of Kunar province who was among the deportees, said, “We migrated to Turkey due to our situation but they illegally and forcibly deported us.”

He said he was held up for three months at Usmania Camp in Turkey but he was never asked for the reason he left his country.

“I borrowed $1,200 and gave it to our smugglers to take us to Turkey, but I was deported back, the government should at least give us the money I had borrowed so I return it to the lender,” he said.

He accused the Afghan government of negligence in caring about its people and said no single person from the Afghan Embassy visited them during their detention.

He said Pakistani diplomats would visit their nationals to defend their rights in the migrant camp in Turkey.

The protestors said they sold all their belongings for their trip costs to Turkey and they currently had nothing in their hands.

They said they would not return to their homes until the government created jobs for them and paid the costs they spent during their journey.


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