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Hundreds of youth from Ghazni die on way to Europe

Hundreds of youth from Ghazni die on way to Europe

Jan 17, 2017 - 14:05

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people from two districts of southern Ghazni province, in an attempt to make it to Europe illegally, have lost their lives at sea, officials said on Tuesday.

Mohammad Zafar Sharif, administrative chief of Jaghori district, told Pajhwok Afghan News a large number of youth from the town embarked their journey to Europe due to economic problems.

“I don’t have exact figures, but I can say nearly a thousand youth of the district traveling to Europe have failed to reach European countries and lost their lives in the process,” he said.

Their bodies were not brought to Afghanistaninfo-icon, presumed drowned or eaten by wild animals. Even the fate of those who reached Europe remained unclear, faced with multiple problems, Sharif added.

Shima, a resident of Jaghori, said many of her relatives had had left for Europe over the last two years. “My uncle and his son, two cousins and other relatives have are among them.”

Two of them have drowned. “Those who did reach Europe have been denied asylum so far. They regret travelling abroad; one of my cousins is living in Germany and another in Indonesia and their mother is suffering from mental illness,” Shima added.

Another resident of Jaghori, Sharifa, said one or two persons from every family in the district had left Europe, giving up their educationinfo-icon while going along with their families to uncertain destinations.

Many of them have lost their lives on the way, she lamented, asking the government to prevent illegal immigration.

Ali Hussain, a resident of Malistan district, said his brother had also left Afghanistan along with many other people last year. “My brother and two other people drowned and died,” he said.

A provincial council member, Hamidullah Nawroz, told Pajhwok only a limited number of youth were able to succeed in their risky mission, with many losing their lives.

He asked families not to let their children fall into the hands of human smugglers. On the other hand, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said police were trying to arrest human traffickers.

MoI spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi claimed dozens of human traffickers were detained last year. Poverty, lack of job opportunities and unclear future are the reasons behind illegal migrationinfo-icon.



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