Afghan refugees protest outside UNHCR office in Delhi, know what are their demands


Afghan refugees hold a protest in front of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Delhi on Monday. During this, there were demands for refugee cards, resettlement options in third countries and protection from international bodies and the Government of India. The protesters, including women and children, carried banners with the slogan “We want the future”.

Talking to media persons, Ahmed Zhia Ghani, Head of Afghanistan Community in India said, “We have gathered here for our three demands, refugee card to apply for LTV (Long Term Visa) in India. Second, resettlement. For this we need a supporting letter from UNHRC so that we can go to another country. Third, security from Government of India and UNHRC. We don’t have any facilities like education, job.”

He said, “The world is watching the current situation in Afghanistan. The Indian government is saving too many Afghans but what is their future. We have been here for more than 10 years and we did not have the basic document, the UNHRC card.”

Ghani further pointed out that out of 21,000 Afghan refugees, 13,000 do not have documents. They are struggling for jobs, education, food and security. “We came here in 2016. We want to resettle in Canada. I want to study. We can’t go back to Afghanistan. The Taliban will kill us,” said 10-year-old Afghan refugee Zarifa.

An Afghan refugee issue said she wanted to resettle in the US. She has been living in India with her family for seven years. “We don’t want to go back to Afghanistan because Taliban don’t want us to study and they will kill us,” he told ANI.


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