Afghan refugees in Pakistan hope for peace back home
22 August 2021 | 1:58 pm
Afghans in refugee camps in Pakistan's Peshawar wish for peace to return to their home country after the Taliban brought a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war. "If God wills it, the situation in Afghanistan will get better. When the situation improves, all of us Afghan refugees will return home," says one refugee.
The region of Volhynia was still occupied by German forces when a wave of violence was unleashed on the Polish population there. It is estimated that by August of that year, up to 120,000 Poles were killed in Volhynia by Ukrainian nationalists in a series of massacres.
The state media watchdog has banned TV stations from showing speeches by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, accusing him of "leveling baseless allegations."
Opposition leader Imran Khan is demanding fresh polls to steer Pakistan out of a protracted political crisis. But holding general elections is a costly affair, and the South Asian country's coffers are empty.
Since the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan in August 2021, thousands of Afghan families have found refuge in neighbouring Pakistan. Many Afghans decided to flee their country in order for their daughters to have an education, the Taliban having imposed a ban on secondary and higher education for girls. Pakistan does not offer real prospects of integration or employment to refugees.
Supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan confronted police outside his home in Lahore. Authorities have tried to arrest Khan, who has been entangled in a string of legal cases.
Lahore's air pollution rose to PM2. 5 levels of 97.4 micrograms per cubic meter from 86.5 in 2021, replacing Bhiwadi in Indiaas the most polluted city globally. Bhiwadi and Delhi were next in the rankings, ,with pollution levels reaching up to 92.7 and 92.6 respectively.
Over 2,000 Afghan asylum seekers are living under "miserable" conditions in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Human Rights Watch advocacy group. Some evacuees have been waiting for resettlement for over a year.
The ruling means Khan can now travel to Islamabad without being detained to face corruption charges. The former cricketer-turned-politician has been holed up in Lahore as his supporters clashed with police.
With the Taliban banning girls from secondary schools and universities, we meet the Afghan families who risked everything by fleeing to neighbouring Pakistan to ensure their daughters receive an education. We also visit the Kenyan village which bans men as it offers a refuge to women and girls facing gender-based violence.
The Czech Republic has mastered the largest immigration influx in its history — to the advantage of the business sector. Many Ukrainians have legal jobs, despite nationalist narratives.
India and Pakistan traditionally have hostile relations, but there is hope on one front, at least. In order to enable the Sikhs from India to make a pilgrimage to one of their holiest shrines, a "peace corridor" has been opened between the two countries.
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