Germany sends second batch of Afghan refugees to Kabul

Escorted by 80 German police officers, their plane landed shortly after 7.30 am (0300 GMT) -- the second batch to be  deported under a disputed Afghan-EU deal signed last October and aimed at curbing the influx of migrants. 

Germany sends second batch of Afghan refugees to Kabul

World Bulletin / News Desk

Deported after years of living in Germany, more than 20 young Afghans arrived in Kabul Tuesday with only one thought in mind: fleeing this war-torn country.

"What would you have me do here? There is only death!" said 19-year-old Ramid Afshah, returning from Germany after five years -- a country it had originally taken him six months to reach.

The German interior ministry said 25 Afghans were on board the flight. Afghan officials had said 26 arrived but at least one was "suffering" and showing signs of psychological distress -- suggesting he could be taken back to Germany, where it is illegal for people who are unwell to be deported.

Several of the migrants told AFP they had been arrested Monday at dawn and sent to Kabul with just a small piece of luggage or a backpack containing their belongings. 

"The police came to pick us up yesterday morning at 4 am and we were treated like animals," said Arash Alkozai, 21. 

Alkozai, who had come to Germany when he was 16, was living in Munich with his family before taking a room in the city. After leaving school he had studied auto repair, all the while learning to speak his adopted tongue "perfectly".

"I cannot say anything negative about this country that helped me. I respect its decision but now I'm living a nightmare. I've left behind my three-month pregnant girlfriend, I won't find work here and there's no security," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Ocak 2017, 17:07
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