Why should no one be deported to Afghanistan!?

By: Abdul Ghafoor


Image courtesy: social media

Wafaye and Ahmadi, two of the young boys recently deported from Norway on 18 – 2- 2019 had just left my office moments before we started hearing sound of explosions coming from the Western part of Kabul and from a close distance where my office is located. I rushed to the balcony to see where the smoke was coming from while the explosions keep on going and could be easily heard from where I was standing. By that time, all the roads leading to the site of the attack were closed and the ambulances were active and heading to the site of the explosions.

I called Wafaye to make sure they weren’t heading to the area were the blasts were occurring. Luckily, they had heard the explosion and had directly gone to the hotel they are living. Wafaye told me he was planning to go to Dashte Barchi, but when he heard the explosions, he was terrified and chose to go to the hotel. Wafaye and Ahmadi do not have any social network or family in Afghanistan and therefore, are currently living in a hotel along with dozens of others and share a common dining hall. They both can only stay there at night if they do both dinner and lunch at the same hotel, or else they won’t be given a space to sleep.

I then received a call from another deportee who was deported from Denmark on 27th of January. He was actually present at the gathering and had to escape for his life after rockets started falling around him. This is what he said;

“I was sitting in the front row when the first rocket landed close to the entrance and the main gate, with few seconds’ difference, more rockets started landing in different parts of the venue where hundreds of people had gathered. I was too far to reach the main gate to escape, I ran towards the stage to find safety. more rockets started landing closer to us, I had no option but to climb up the wall and jump from there. I lost all my money and my clothes were full of dirt. Luckily I didn’t suffer any injury from the explosions”

As soon as I was off from the call with Wafaye and the deportee from Denmark, I started receiving calls from my friends who knew the location of my office and where worried about my safety. The next call I received was from a Family deported from Norway last year. They have been to my office for advice at several occasions and were concerned about me after hearing about the explosions.

Today at around 11:30, Taliban carried out a coordinated attack on a political gathering commemorating the martyrdom of Abdul Ali Mazari, a Hazara leader and the founder of Hizb – e – Wahdat who was killed by Taliban in 1994. Hundreds of his followers, mainly Hazaras had gathered to show their respect to their late leader when rockets started falling among the people gathered at the event. Many mortars have also landed in the houses close of the venue killing and injuring civilians at their homes. Many top Afghan leaders and government officials were also present during the event when the whole situation unfolded. According to the latest figure from various news outlets, 5 have been killed and around 32 have been injured. Those injured also include two political leaders and a member of the Afghan parliament.

I have written blogs, given many interviews with journalists and have been stressing time and again that the situation in Afghanistan, especially the capital Kabul has unfortunately deteriorated and has created uncertainty and fear among the people. Just yesterday, a young couple visited my office asking for safe options and advice to leave the country because they were concerned about the security situation, and today this happened. Western part of Kabul, where the attack was carried out today was considered one of the safest parts of Kabul two years ago, is now considered one of the most dangerous parts of the city.

Therefore, sending young Afghan asylum seekers back to a situation like today is directly putting their lives in danger. Many of those recently deported from the EU states especially Sweden, Norway and Denmark are very young. They have not been to Afghanistan before and are setting foot in the country for the first time. The fear and the shakiness in voice of Wafaye and the deportee from Denmark during the conversation on the telephone i had with them could easily portray the fear they were going through after experiencing the explosions for the first time in their lives and being actually present when all these happened.

Many EU states have plans to deport dozens of Afghan asylum seekers back to Afghanistan. Sweden is planning to send another charter flight back to Afghanistan on 12 of March with unconfirmed number of asylum seekers in it. Those deported in the past couple of weeks from Sweden are already suffering to the level that some have ended up on the streets due to non-availability of any support system and no guarantee for their safety post arrival, some have already left the country to find safety and the others are looking for opportunities to flee again.

Sweden and the other EU states must realize it is not humane to send these young Afghans back to danger and instead should give them another chance for life, for safety and for protection.

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An open letter to Heléne Fritzon, Swedish Minister for Migration: Stop deporting Afghan asylum seekers

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By: Abdul Ghafoor

As many Swedish mothers, guardians, activists and will wishers of Afghan asylum seekers in Sweden. I am also concerned about the return of 48 Afghan asylum seekers back to Afghanistan planned on Monday 19th of November this month, and wanted to share the reasons of my/our concern about the dangers returning these young vulnerable boys back to Afghanistan.

My name is Abdul Ghafoor and I am currently running a charity organization by the name of Afghanistan Migrants Advice & Support Organization (AMASO). For the last 5 years, I have met hundreds of those forcibly deported back to Afghanistan and have been monitoring their situation as long as possible over the last several years. What I have found based on my experience is not what your government or people have heard or known about often.

Ms Fritzon, I know you have been provided with information about the security situation in Afghanistan and often advised that it is safe to return Afghan asylum seekers back to the country. It is sad to let you know that the reality on the ground is totally different from what you have been told. The reality is that Afghan government has failed to provide security to the millions of people who are inside the country, and therefore there is no guarantee they can assure the safety of hundreds of others who are facing deportation to the country. It is also a fact that the government has been losing ground to Taliban and ISIS every passing day. According to a recent report by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR)

“the Afghan government currently controls or influences only 55.5% of the country’s districts, marking the lowest level recorded since SIGAR began tracking district control in November 2015.”

The recent example of a deteriorating security situation was Taliban’s attack on two of the safest districts of Ghazni province, Jaghori and Malistan. The two provinces are Hazara populated areas and have been safe from Taliban attacks since the fall of Taliban regime in 2001. According to the information i have been receiving from activists in Sweden, 10 out of 48 people set deport to Afghanistan comes from the province mentioned province.

Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, often proposed as an alternative by the European states on the other hand has no signs of a safe city, or a city where one can live in peace. With the recent number of deadly attacks in the Capital it is unrealistic to propose Kabul as a safe haven for return. Educational center, sport club, and Mosques have several times been attacked in 2018 only and created fear among all the residents of Kabul, especially the Western part of Kabul, a Hazara populated area once safe from the attacks is now the prime target of these attack, mostly claimed by ISIS.

The level of fear among Afghan people today is higher than anytime before. For returnees, it is a whole new challenge and risk they have to face and battle with once deported. The fear of  being victim of one of the many blasts taking place in the country, non-availability of social and economic network and a failed state lead by incapable president. As much as returnees want to accept the fact and try to re-integrate, the situation in the country is as such that they don’t see any chance of survival.

Therefore, the only option they have is to re-migrate, go through the same dangerous journey again and find somewhere safer. For those who are unlucky and do not have the resources to make a new journey and survive, they end up being addicted to drugs, joining the militant groups and at times giving up on life. I am currently in contact with dozens of those who were once deported but are now either in Iran, Turkey or one of the European countries.

Dear Heléne Fritzon, the experience i have had working with Swedish people, activists and media. I have seen sympathy and respect for humanity, i have seen rule of law and helping those in need. Afghans are the most marginalized group of refugees in the globe, they have a government that has failed to protect them. They have a leadership that has failed to be their voice and talk about their rights. It is time your government accept the fact and realities in the ground and stop returning Afghan asylum seekers back to danger, or history will remember your country’s betrayal to a group of young people who were in search of nothing more, but safety and protection. 



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Between the devil and the deep blue sea: the impossible choices facing Afghan asylum seekers

By: Abdul Ghafoor

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The backpack he carries with him where ever he goes



It brought a smile to my face every time I would see him changing his profile picture with a new one, or posting something new on his social media account. This was the only way I knew that he was still alive. He hardly answered my messages, and even if he did, they were too short for me to be able to understand his situation. Little did I know that he was going through hell.

This young Afghan asylum seeker was returned back to Afghanistan by Norway at the end of 2016 along with dozens of other young Afghans, some of them minors. I met him the first day he set foot on Afghan soil. After two weeks in the accommodation provided by a local organization and without any kind of social network, he had nowhere to go.

Afghanistan Migrants Advice and Support Organization (AMASO) with the support of activists from Norway provided a temporary shelter for him and a number of other recent returnees. After two and half months of living in the shelter, he suddenly disappeared, surprising all of his friends and me, and leaving us uncertain about his situation and whereabouts. All my efforts to find him were fruitless. As I later discovered, he was already on his way to Iran. He was in a battle with himself and was trying to find a way to wipe out the failure he had just experienced, his deportation from Norway.

Finally, I received a message from Iran. He was living with some friends. He hadn’t told his family about his whereabouts. In the hostel where he was staying, he and two of his other friends were encouraged to go to Syria and fight for the Assad regime. They were moved to Tehran, where they were joined by some other friends. They were given 20 days of training inside Iran and then sent across the border to Syria.

Last night I tried to contact him again to see if he would reply. To my surprise, he did. He is back in Kabul. We arranged to meet today at a local restaurant for lunch in West of Kabul. It wasn’t an easy conversation. As we spoke, he kept taking paper napkins and tearing them into small pieces.  I studied his face, distressed by the uncertainty in his eyes. He had no answer or explanation for why he had joined a war that he had nothing to do with, but one thing he was certain of, was that all those Afghans drafted in to this war are just puppets of the Iranian regime and their dirty politics.

 He said; “I don’t have the words to describe those 7 months there. It was like a nightmare. I can’t believe I am still alive and sitting here with you now”.

During the conversation, I could see he was worried about something. He kept talking about his best friend who he had not heard from for a long time. His own trauma still tormented him. The young Afghans he had seen beheaded or the ones that were left behind during the battle. He remembers them all.

After two or three trips to Syria, he became severely ill and was hospitalized. He decided he would not return to the fight, but will go to Turkey instead. Remaining in Afghanistan is not an option for him. He told me

” I am surprised you are still here in Afghanistan with all these attacks and the deteriorating security situation, especially the attacks that are aimed at Hazaras”.  

Here in Kabul, he is waiting for a friend so that they can leave the country together. He plans to go to Iran, Turkey and then to one of the other European countries. He wants to continue his education, become a famous player like Messi and above of all, have a peaceful life for himself and his future children, the same dreams he had when he had first entered Norway.

In the meantime, the video of a suicidal Afghan asylum seeker threatened with deportation from Austria has been circulating on social media. European forced return policy to Afghanistan makes no sense. The current waves of attacks by Taliban, Haqqani Network and ISIS, mean that deportation to Afghanistan equals sending Afghan asylum seekers back to danger and a war zone.

So why not put an end to all the deportations and save those resources and money. I am sure Afghans are and can be one of the most hardworking groups of refugees and a positive addition to European society. But by any measure, deportation to Afghanistan doesn’t work at this point of time.



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Afghan woman beaten by her husband at Kabul airport rescued by the Norwegian police deporting her, only to be re-deported two days later.


Signs of bruise on one of her legs when she was kicked against the wall by her husband in Kabul International Airport

By: Abdul Ghafoor

A family of 4 were deported from Norway to Afghanistan on 8th of April 2018. The family had entered Norway in 2015 but their asylum claim was rejected after few months and soon after their first and second appeals too. Fearing deportation, they fled Norway and went to Germany. In Germany, the husband made at least 2 failed suicide attempts to end his life, but Germany returned them back to Norway under the Dublin regulation.

In Norway, the mother converted to Christianity, against her husband’s objections. She said her husband mocked and threatened to kill her constantly. He abused and beat her many times while she was in Norway. She went to the police and reported his threats, and that she feared her husband would kill her if they were sent back to Afghanistan. The Norwegian authorities did not take her claims seriously.

The family was finally deported back to Afghanistan on 8th of April. As soon as they arrived at Kabul International Airport, her husband began to beat her in the presence of the Norwegian police escort, the Afghan airport police and authorities. She was beaten so badly that she has bruises all over her body. She received blows to her head. Her husband told her that nobody would save her and cursed her for converting to Christianity in front of everyone.

The Norwegian police were forced to intervene and to take the mother and two of her children back to Dubai, only to send them back to Kabul after two days. They are currently separated from the husband and are kept at a separate location at the same hotel. But the woman fears for her life.

She told me ” I have been born and raised in Iran and hardly know anything or anyone in Afghanistan. When my husband was beating me at the airport, the Afghan police were laughing at me and cursing me because I was an infidel to them and had changed my religion from Islam to Christianity”

She added “I have seen the video of Farkhunda being lynched in Kabul ( In 2015,Farkhunda was accused of burning versus of holy Quran and was lynched by a mob in the middle of Kabul city) and fear for my life every single moment. All the employees at the hotel know about my belief and it will take too long if more people find out about this and a Mullah issue a decree to kill me. I don’t know where to go when my time at the hotel is finished. What will happen to me?”

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Is deportation of young Afghan asylum seekers a good idea?

By: Abdul Ghafoor

When thousands of Afghans fled the country in the past couple of years and went to Europe to claim asylum. They hardly knew they will be dealt with ambiguity, sidelined and not welcomed, instead they will have to deal with the fear of deportation . This is actually the current situation of many young Afghans and families who entered EU in the past couple of years, most of them during the refugee crisis in 2015. A large number of Afghan minors headed to Sweden and Norway, thought to be harmonious towards Afghan youth, they were clearly not.

Since the start of 2016, the Scandinavia have been forcibly returning a large number of young Afghans, some of them minors, and families back to Afghanistan. A larger portion of the current returnees were those who have sett foot in Afghanistan for the first time. Facing ambiguity and uncertain future in absence of social or economic network has mostly lead them leave the country as soon as they can, some gets to do it sooner, the others might take time to arrange and leave after few months of their return.

Each time i meet a newly arrived returnees and then hear back from them either from Iran and Turkey within in weeks or months. I keep asking the same questions repeatedly, does deportation to Afghanistan really work at all?

This is the story of a young Afghan who was deported from Norway back to Afghanistan at the start of this year. Like many other young returnees and without the support of a social and economic network in the country, he was equally lost in to ambiguity and an uncertain future. I met him when he was recently deported to Afghanistan. Like many other returnees, i met him few other times also over the past couple of months, but i hardly knew where he was and what was he up to. Something he fear to even share with despite providing assurance of secrecy. Based on my experience of working with the returnees over the pas couple of years i imagine he has gone through a very hard time that he fears to share it with anyone.

I had only heard he was leaving the country, but hardly knew about his whereabouts. I received the above pictures from him on 16th of June. The van they were travelling from Iran to Turkey had fell from a hill injuring many of the passengers, the returnee was luckily to have survived the crush with few bruises only.

Today i had a chance to talk to him again about his journey and about a research i am conducting. The 20 minutes conversation with him was one of those i wanted to keep hearing to let him share all the sufferings he had witnessed and gone through in the past few months, maybe that will give him some comfort.

This is what he had to say about his journey:

 ” This journey was very difficult for me and took me almost 1 month to get to Turkey. 25 of which was spent on the way between Pakistan and Iran. In Pakistan, we were kidnapped for ransom by human traffickers. The kidnappers were demanding 500$ from each of us. We were forced to provide 500$ each in a week, or else they will force us to sit on a burning stove. I had no one to refer to except the smuggler who had promised to take us to Turkey. I called the smuggler and requested him to pay the kidnappers the amount they have demanded and I will work and pay him back once we are released. It was 6 of us, kept in different locations”

” The smugglers paid the kidnappers the money and set as free. We reached Iran and then kept on going to Turkey, on the way to Turkey, our van fell from a hill and we were all injured. There were children, men women from different nationalities with us. Some got sever injuries, other survived. I got lucky to not have got any sever injury except few bruises”

The returnee has worked in Turkey for 3 months and has been able to pay the smuggler who took him from Afghanistan to Turkey. He has only saved 300$ which he intends to use to get to Greece. He has already visited the waters connecting Turkey and Greece and has decided over the routes to get to the Greek Island. According to him, it will be 5 of them who will move together and will not pay to a smuggler this time. They can’t afford a smuggler.

The returnee is planning to return back to Norway to let them know they had taken a wrong decision. His life was in danger when he had applied for asylum for the first time and was in danger during his stay in Afghanistan. He however fears to share anything about the locations and circumstances he has lived in, but he is confident he has new proof and supporting documents that would support his claim.

5 of them, including the returnee will try their luck tonight. As he said;

“we will try our luck tonight. If i reached Greece safe and sound, i will let you know. If you don’t hear from me, i don’t know where i would be, alive or dead!”


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The Swedish Migration Board urges asylum seekers to lie to the Afghan Embassy that they want to return voluntarily

06:00 July 18 – 2017 Agneta Willung

Photo courtesty: Björn Olsson (gp)

Gothenburg. Ali Reza Shariati is one of the unaccompanied minors who will be deported to Afghanistan. At a meeting with the Immigration officer they urge him to lie to the Afghan embassy. – “If you don’t do it I will have to turn you over to the police instead” said the case officer.

GP and SVT Väst (Swedish Television Network) can today tell us about Ali Reza Shariati, who came to Sweden two years ago, and who now lives in Gothenburg and who was urged to lie by a case officer at The Swedish Migration Agency. At a recorded conversation who GP have hear (SVT ) and we can hear how he is being pressured to lie to the embassy of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

He has had his age written up by the Migration Agency and they have decided to deport him to Afghanistan, a country his family fled from when he was a baby. He says he does not know a single person in Afghanistan, and that his mother and siblings are in Iran.
This spring he filed a request for an impediment to enforcement against the expulsion order. This means that the Migration Agency cannot enforce the decision to deport him until the Migration Agency has decided the impediment to enforcement case.

-The police could take him and place him in a detention deportation center. And the planning of the deportation can continue despite the impediment of enforcement. This is what has happened in the case of Ali Reza says Nanna Töcksberg Zelano, voluntary lawyer when it comes to the file for impediment to enforcement and one of the private individuals who support Ali Reza.

Urged to visit the embassy
A couple of weeks ago, Ali Reza was called to the Migration Agency, where he was urged to go to the Afghan embassy in Stockholm and request travel documents. With him he received a letter who the Migration Agency had written in his name and which he was expected to sign. There is said that he had accepted the decision by the Migration Agency and that he assured that his return was voluntary.
Heidi Marquardt, another person who supports Ali Reza was present at the meeting and tells us:

– The woman who received the letter asked him: Do you really want to go to Afghanistan? No! Said Ali Reza, it is the Migration Agency which has decided this. Therefore, Ali Reza was not given any travel documents.

Was told to lie
The other day he called his case officer at The Swedish Migration Agency to ask what would happen next. The conversation was recorded and the GP newspaper has listened to the recording. Ali Reza starts by asking if the case officer had spoken to the voluntary lawyer and the case offices says yes. Ali Reza asks what he is to do now.
Case officer: We said that you must go to the embassy again if you want to make another try and you could go next week. Ali Reza: What should I tell them?
Case officer: Well, it is like this, you will have to tell them that you wish to return and that you want travel documents. You have been given this letter…

A: So, you mean that I must lie to them?

CO: Yes, in principle. This is the way it is: if you want to cooperate with the Migration Agency you must tell them that you must follow Swedish law, if you want to return voluntarily. You must explain to them that you have received this decision and that you don’t want to break the rules. I can understand that it is hard when you receive such a direct question, but you will simply have to say that you want to follow the rules that exist and if you have to, yes, then you want to. A: Okay. But you know that I really do not want to go to?

CO: I know that, I know that. But we must do it this way because if you don’t do it I must hand you over to the police instead and that is so unnecessary. It is better if you are smart and do it this way and then we will decide your case and we will know how it goes. But, off course I know that you do not want to go back. A: Okej. CO: But since we have to do with another country’s authority you sometimes have to be a little bit smart.
“It feels very strange”

GP (the Swedish newspaper) has listened to the recording together with Ali Reza Sharati. Afterwards he says: – It feels very strange. The Migration Agency has all the time told me that I must say the truth about my background, my age, about everything. But now they ask me to lie.

Heidi Marquardt is very critical towards the case officer’s incitements to Ali Reza. – Don one hand because he is being threatened with the police and on the other hand because the Migration agency use formulations about lying is a smart thing to do, she says.
The case officer denies it
When GP contacts the case officer of Ali Reza at the Migration Agency they ask if it is common for people who are going to be deported to not receive the travel documents at the embassy if they say they do not want to go to Afghanistan. – I would have to direct you to our press department, I cannot comment on individual cases. They have a better overview.

Regardless of this case you might have had any more boys who have been through the same thing? – I cannot give you any such answer. You must go through the official channels.

The boy with whom we have spoken to have, in a conversation with you over the phone, been instructed to lie to the embassy. – I would never instruct someone to do something like that, things don’t happen that way. But like I said, I cannot make a statement and I can’t help you any further, says the case officer.

GP newspaper have been in contact with Lena Johansson, the chief directive at the Migration Agency west, med Lena Johansson. She does not want to make a statement since she does not know about this case.

“Unfortunate if it should be interpreted like that”

Even though the Migration Agency headquarter have had the opportunity to comment what happened to Ali Reza Shariati we don’t get to talk to anyone in charge. But Linn Nilsson at the press service answers in a mail:
“The Migration Agency should not tell people to lie. It is not a behavior which the Agency stand for and it is unfortunate if it would be interpreted that way. If your asylum application has been rejected it is our duty to inform the person of what the process look like and what it means if you do not voluntarily return to your home country”.
She continues:

“If you lack travel documents we explain that a visit to the embassy is needed to get travel documents. If the applicant want to return voluntarily the applicant will receive a certificate which they may give to the embassy in order to get a travel document. According to our experience there are no troubles getting such documents if the applicant arrives to the embassy and say that their intention is to return voluntarily”, Linn Nilsson at the Migration Agency press service writes.

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Afghan minors in Sweden facing uncertain future!

Ahmad Rahimi is one of the many Afghan minors that entered Sweden in 2015. Like many other asylum seekers, Rahimi didn’t know much about Sweden either, but his dedication to help other fellow Afghans turned him to a hope for many. Only in a short period of time, Rahimi has been able to integrate in to the Swedish society and has been a huge help and support to thousands of minors that have set foot in Sweden.

Rahimi is also an active member of Afghan civil society groups fighting for the rights of Afghan asylum seekers in Sweden. He has also been admired and awarded at certain occasions. Rahimi and a group of activists in Sweden have also helped many of those who were forcibly deported back to Afghanistan.

Today, Rahimi is facing an uncertain future. His claim for asylum has been rejected and he can be forcibly deported to Afghanistan at anytime. He has been born and raised in Iran and have never been to Afghanistan, with no social and economic network and a deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, there is no future waiting for him. He like many other young Afghans that have been deported back to Afghanistan in the past few years will face uncertainty and hopelessness, and the choice of re-migration would be the only option for him, as it has been for many we have been in contact with.

Rahimi’s belief and different way of thinking can also put his life in danger. Afghanistan is a religious society and those who do not believe in Islam or are non-believers have always been in trouble and targeted because of their beliefs. Therefore, deporting young Afghan asylum seekers like Rahimi back to Afghanistan will directly put their lives in danger. Firsly, due to the ongoing deteriorating security situation as the main cause of people fleeing the country. Secondly, Rahimi’s different thoughts about religion and his way of living can make him a clear target and put his life at risk.

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Arte Regards: Documentary on the situation of Afghan asylum seekers deported from Germany back to Afghanistan

Arte news agency recently produced a documentary about the situation of those recently deported from Germany to Afghanistan. AMASO’s work and the assistance we provide to those deported has also been documented in this documentary.

The documentary was filmed only few days before a deadly attack in West of Kabul, only few hundred meters from our office in Kabul. The attack killed more than 50 people, mostly civilians, and left scores of others injured. The video that was shot soon after the attack by the director of AMASO has also been made a part of this documentary.

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Heart patient deported from Denmark, fears for his life if drugs not found in Af.

By: Abdul Ghafoor

At least 13 Afghan asylum seekers were deported from Denmark to Afghanistan on 1st of March 2017. The actual number of asylum seekers deported can not be confirmed by AMASO, however those interviewed by AMASO confirm that some of those deported in the same charter plane were not let in by the Afghan authorities and were sent back to Denmark.

13, including Nasir Husseini were received by the Afghan authorities. Nasir entered Denmark in 2010 and was provided with a two years temporary resident permit based on humanitarian grounds. In 2015, after two years of expiring the term of the temporary resident permit, Nasir was once again rejected and was told to live the country and return back to Afghanistan. Nasir had a heart surgery in 2007 and is still under medication. The authorities in Denmark believed Nasir could return to Afghanistan and continue with his medication inside Afghanistan.

He has to take two types of drugs for the rest of his life. His life can be at risk if he is unable to find or afford to buy  the drugs. Nasir fears he may find one of the drugs but not the second one. He has been trying to find the second drug after return, but has failed so far.

Denmark returned 13 asylum seekers on the same day when Kabul witnessed one of the deadliest attacks this year. Twin bomb blasts hit two different locations of Kabul only hours after returnees had landed in Kabul. The first attacks was launched against the PD6 police station in the West of Kabul.  The explosion was followed by a gunbattle between security forces and several gunmen who stormed into the complex, said Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry. Those who lost their lives as a result of the attack later reached around 45 people, confirmed by one of the sources in the Ministry of Health.

The second attack took place in eastern Kabul where a suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives outside the offices of the country’s intelligence service, killing one person. A total of 104 people were wounded in both attacks.

Text from the video

“My name is Nasir Hussaini. I have been deported from Denmark on March 1st, 2017. When I and other deportees landed in Kabul, Afghanistan. They wanted to take some 3 us back to Denmark. They took us out of the plane and told us to wait in a waiting room. The Afghan authorities said they will return 3 of us, two others who had left their families behind and I back to Denmark. They took 3 of us towards the plane. But we were once again told to be taken back for security check-up and then return back to the plane.

One of the police who was escorting us during the flight stepped out of the plane and went in for a meeting with one of the airport police at Kabul International Airport, the meeting went on for at least 25-30 minutes. When the Afghan police came out of the meeting, he started using inappropriate and abusive words towards us, and started telling that we did not have problem and we could live in our country.

We were then moved towards the returnee receiving center. Hours after our arrival, there was at least two suicide attacks which left 150 Afghans dead and injured. This is the security in Afghanistan! One of the suicide attacks took place here (pointing towards the location of the blast).

Also, I am ill, I had a heart surgery and one of the drugs I use can’t be found in Afghanistan. I have asked many drug stores but have not been able to find that particular drug. When I landed in Afghanistan, one of the policeman at the airport asked what my problem was. I said I had a heart surgery and am on medication. The police told me that one of the drugs cannot be found in Afghanistan, the Danish government is also aware of the fact that you may not be able to find one of the drugs, they have still deported you!

If I fail to find one of the drugs soon, then I don’t know how long I would be able to survive. I may not last longer than a month if I failed to find the drug. I will have to leave this world, i guess! ”


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Safe haven – lol !

By: Abdul Ghafoor

These are images from the office of Afghanistan Migrants Advice and Support Organization (AMASO), where people recently deported to the ‘safety’ of Kabul come to seek advice and reassurance. Ofcourse, this explosion was not the only one today. There was a second large attack on the NDS office in Arzan Qeemat, eastern Kabul. The casualties feared to have reached at least 15 killed and 50 wounded as the carnage continued for hours where the security forces are still busy sweeping the area.

Only moments before the blast, a 19 year old, deported from Norway on 7th of February, Enayatullah Sultani walked out of the office. Panicked and afraid that he had walked in to the blast, i called him. He was safe, but shaken and scared. Then i started calling some of the other new arrivals to check on them. So far, they are all safe, but this brutal introduction to a country they left between 1 to 7 years ago is terrifying them and justifying their fear for their safety and their resistance to removal.

At least 25 Afghan asylum seekers deported from Denmark also landed in Kabul earlier this morning. According to sources in Denmark, they were deported back to Afghanistan on a military plane.

The lack of security in Afghanistan, including Kabul, coupled with the impossibility for those without networks in finding jobs or accommodation drives most to leave again. Even knowing the risks they face, most calculated they have better chance outside Afghanistan.

For those without resources, the choice are stark. Join the Taliban or ISIS or the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and risk life in Afghanistan, or as we hear increasingly, head to Iran to join Afghan battalions fighting Assad’s war in the hope their death will benefit the family in a way they could not in life.

Inspite of the blasts today and out limited resources and staff, AMASO had to continue working. Since summer 2016 we have had a massive increase both in the number of people seeking out help and in the number of journalists investigating their stories. AMASO has a massive number of contacts who keep up sending demands. The demands place on AMASO reflects the absence of support for those returned, and a massive unmet need.


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