Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 22, 2018 German police say a 70-year-old German-Russian dual national has been arrested and accused of “politically motivated” attempted murder after he attacked three asylum seekers with a knife. The bloody attack, which occurred outside a church in the western city of Heilbronn on February 17, left a 17-year-old Afghan
Shahnaz Nafees VOA News February 18, 2018 WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD — A security expert from the Afghan-Pakistan region said Pakistani officials are blaming unrest on Afghan refugees in a bid to divert attention from the real causes of militancy. At a security conference in the German city of Munich Saturday, Pakistan’s chief of army staff Gen. Qamar Javed
Ayaz Gul VOA News February 17, 2018 Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has pledged to bring back all refugees in Pakistan in “the next 24 months,” saying it will put an end to allegations the displaced community is a source of regional instability. The pledge came as ties between the two uneasy neighbors have deteriorated over
Jafar Haand VOA News January 30, 2018 Afghanistan is asking the U.S. government to stop deporting Afghan nationals, saying it has no repatriation agreement with the United States. “We did not sign any such agreements with the United States of America,” Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni, spokesperson for the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the VOA
VOA News: The first four months of a U.S. refugee program wholly determined by the Trump administration have led to a dramatic decline in Muslim refugees coming to the United States, and a significant shift in where refugees are coming from, according to a VOA review of official data. Click here to read more (external link).
Ayaz Gul VOA News January 25, 2018 ISLAMABAD – The United States has denied Pakistan’s claim that an American drone strike targeted an Afghan refugee camp in the country, in a war of words between the uneasy allies. The denial Thursday came a day after missiles fired from an unmanned aircraft struck a militant hideout located
AP: Official figures show that 100,412 persons applied for asylum in France in 2017, up 17 percent on the year before. The highest asylum requests came from Albania, Afghanistan and Haiti. Click here to read more (external link).
Ayaz Gul VOA News January 3, 2018 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Pakistan has extended for one month the stay of about 1.4 million Afghan refugees who lost their legal residency status on Dec. 31, 2017. Under a trilateral agreement with Afghanistan and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the host government was considering a proposed one-year
Ayesha Tanzeem VOA News / November 29, 2017 HERAT, AFGHANISTAN — Tears streamed down her cheeks as she held up the pictures of her two grandsons. Both of them, Sayed Mujtaba and Sayed Ismail, were in the Afghan army a couple of years ago. When the Islamic State started gaining ground in Syria, Iran used its
The Guardian (UK): For the past four years, Dutch photographer Joël van Houdt has been documenting the journeys of Afghan refugees around the world. In Afghanistan, there is a dearth of information about the reality of the refugee experience. Van Houdt moved to Kabul in 2010 and witnessed the soaring optimism created by the US surge in which