By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi October 6, 2021 Hundreds of people have gathered outside the passport office in Kabul to apply for travel documents after the service opened for the first time since the Taliban seized power in mid-August. The day before, the Taliban’s Interior Ministry announced that all staff — including female employees — had been
Craig McCulloch VOA News October 6, 2021 VANCOUVER, CANADA — Shortly after August’s collapse of the Afghanistan government to the Taliban, the Canadian government announced it would initially welcome 40,000 refugees. The resettlement is happening amid upheaval in Afghanistan and at the height of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. The first refugees
AP: More than 100 students, alumni and faculty members of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music have been flown out of Kabul on their way to Portugal, where the government has agreed to grant them asylum, the institute’s director said Monday. Click here to read more (external link).
Tahmina Talash and her husband, Tamim, both worked for civil society organizations in Afghanistan’s Takhar Province as the Taliban gained power there. Fearing for their lives amid death threats, they fled to Tajikistan just before Tahmina gave birth to a daughter, Mohanna.
By RFE/RL’s Tajik Service October 4, 2021 Taliban fighters have reportedly killed an Afghan man who tried to flee to neighboring Tajikistan and detained another man along the Afghan-Tajik border. A source in the city of Ishkashim in Afghanistan’s northern province of Badakhshan, which borders Tajikistan, told RFE/RL on October 3 that the incidents occurred the
CBS News: The 9-second video became a symbol of the desperation engulfing the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. A 16-day-old girl was grabbed by an arm and passed over razor wire to a U.S. Marine at the airport in Kabul. The girl’s father, Hameed, whose full name is not being published for security reasons, had been
Lisa Schlein VOA News September 30, 2021 GENEVA — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is appealing for $24 million to prepare for the potential outflow of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees into neighboring countries in the coming months. The anticipated exodus of refugees following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in
The Guardian (UK): 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 are in their teens – their families and football coaches are in Lahore, Pakistan,
New York Post: Zebulon Simantov, the famed last Jew of Afghanistan, is getting ready to hit the Big Apple. “I like everything in New York. Everything is exciting,” Simantov, 62, told The Post in his first interview since fleeing Afghanistan two weeks ago. “I would like to be a US citizen.” Click here to read
Al Jazeera: The Taliban’s abrupt return to power has left hundreds of Afghan diplomats overseas in limbo: running out of money to keep missions operating, fearful for families back home and desperate to secure refuge abroad. “I am literally begging. Diplomats are willing to become refugees,”… Click here to read more (external link).