July 5, 2022

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IRAN: BRUTALITY AGAINST AFGHANS

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SARA ALTUWAIJRI WRITES – Afghans are underneath assault in Iran. The conflict in Afghanistan left many with out a residence. Having no alternative however to flee their nation, they sought asylum in Iran, the place about 2.5 million, documented and undocumented, reside right this moment. 

They haven’t discovered a brand new residence. On Could 1st, Afghan officers acknowledged that 45 migrant staff have been killed by border guards forcing them right into a river at gunpoint. Then on June 5, in Yazd metropolis, Iranian officers shot at Afghan refugees in a automobile, inflicting it to burn. A ten- year- outdated boy referred to as for help- “Give me some water, I’m burning!” however nobody did, so the passengers ended up hospitalized with burns. A video exhibits one in all them handcuffed to a hospital mattress. 

This aggression has sparked protests by Afghans within the streets of Iran and on social media. In Kabul, demonstrators drew graffiti with the phrases “We will’t breathe” within the Dari language, which is an Afghan dialect of Persian. This protest in Kabul sparked different protests in opposition to racism and police brutality worldwide.

Iran and Afghanistan share the identical language, faith, historical past, and tradition. Sarcastically, Afghans usually are not checked out as equal in Iran. They aren’t in a position to make use of the general public well being care system with out having an official residency allow. They usually reside in poor neighborhoods, and can’t personal a cellular line; they could have pay-as-you-go strains issued to Iranian account holders and need to pay charges. Iranian employers favor undocumented Afghan staff as a result of they pay them much less and don’t need to pay for his or her social safety. 

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Not surprisingly, the worldwide workplace of migration reported that greater than 200,000 Afghans left Iran in March because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Iran has barred entry from Afghanistan, stopping Afghans who left from reentering. Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, responded by stating {that a} delegation would meet with officers in Iran to debate these tragic conflicts, with the hope of bettering ties between the 2 international locations.  

Afghans have fled conflict of their nation in hopes of discovering a greater future. Now, they’re once more underneath assault. Let’s hope each international locations can negotiate a greater path ahead. 

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