- Title: Afghan refugees gather outside UNHCR office in Delhi demanding resettlement
- Date: 23rd August 2021
- Summary: NEW DELHI, INDIA (AUGUST 23, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) AFGHAN REFUGEES GATHERED OUTSIDE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) OFFICE VARIOUS OF CHILDREN HOLDING AFGHAN FLAGS AND RAISING SLOGANS AFGHAN REFUGEES RAISING SLOGANS AFGHAN REFUGEE HOLDING POSTER READING (English): "SUPPORT THE FAMILIES FORCED TO FLEE." AFGHAN REFUGEES RAISING SLOGANS AFGHAN REFUGEE SPEAKING ON MIC UNHCR FLAG AFGHAN REFUGEES RAISING SLOGANS (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) HEAD OF AFGHAN SOLIDARITY COMMUNITY (INDIA), AHMAD ZIA GHANI, SAYING: "In the last 10-15 years, the Indian government and UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) has not given us any protection. They have not provided us with any legal aid and education or health facilities. All the Afghans living here are without any income and they should definitely give us some protection." AFGHAN REFUGEES RAISING SLOGANS VARIOUS OF CHILDREN RAISING SLOGANS AFGHAN REFUGEE HOLDING POSTER READING (English): "UNHCR FOR REFUGEES PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE LIFE AND FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN" AFGHAN REFUGEE RAISING SLOGANS (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) 17-YEAR-OLD AFGHAN REFUGEE, REHANA SALLAD, SAYING: "I request the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) to take a step for our future because here (India) neither we can get educated nor work." CAMERAMEN FILMING AFGHAN REFUGEES STAGING PROTEST AFGHAN REFUGEES HOLDING POSTERS MEMBERS OF WOMENS' ORGANISATION, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDIAN WOMEN HOLDING POSTERS AFGHAN REFUGEES HOLDING PLACARDS AS MAN SPEAKS ON MIC AFGHAN REFUGEE HOLDING POSTER AND LOOKING ON AFGHAN REFUGEES LISTENING TO WOMAN SPEAKING ON MIC POSTER READING (English): "STANDS FOR THE RIGHTS OF AFGHAN WOMEN AND CHILDREN AGAINST THE MISOGYNIST TALIBAN RULE!" (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHAN STUDENT, DEWA SAIFI, SAYING: "So, we don't want these people to rule our country because they will not give us any rights and they harm our fundamental rights. So, we are not (going to) let them rule us once again." PROTEST UNDERWAY
- Embargoed: 6th September 2021 14:02
- Keywords: Afghan refugees India Kabul New Delhi Taliban United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees embassy protest
- Location: NEW DELHI, INDIA
- City: NEW DELHI, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERI1VM7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Over a 100 Afghan refugees, mostly women, living in New Delhi on Monday (August 23) held protests to draw the attention of the Indian government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to their plight, demanding protection and aid.
The Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday (August 15) after rapidly taking over much of the country, prompting chaotic scenes at the airport as crowds scrambled to escape.
It took the Taliban just over a week to seize control of the country after a lightning sweep 10 that ended in Kabul as government forces, trained for years and equipped by the United States and others at a cost of billions of dollars melted away.
"In the last 10-15 years, the Indian government and UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) has not given us any protection. They have not provided us with any legal aid and education or health facilities," said Head of Afghan Solidarity Community (India), Ahmad Zia Ghani.
They were joined by members of Left organisations who came in large numbers to show solidarity.
"We don't want these people to rule our country because they will not give us any rights and they harm our fundamental rights," said an Afghan student, Dewa Saifi.
During their 1996-2001 rule, also guided by Islamic law, or shariah, the Taliban stopped women from working and administered punishments including public stoning. Girls were not allowed to go to school and women had to wear all-enveloping 'burqas' to go out.
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