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Editorial: Image building

Recent terror attacks in the United States, Germany and France has created several and severe challenges for the asylum-seekers and immigrants, especially Afghans. Opposition parties in Germany has came to fore to criticize the government for its liberal refugee policy. Public support for the governments supporting free movement of refugees is on decline. No doubt, Muslim refugees are going through most difficult time as insecurity and intolerance follow them in the host countries. The Islamic State is spilling a great deal of blood in Europe to turn the host countries against asylum-seekers with objective to recruit the returnees as brutal killers. Disappointment forces good people to become evil and pawns.

Yet, there is a ray of hope. A 20-year-old Afghan immigrant, Amir Najazada, is commended by the government and people of Germany for saving lives of nearly 200 people during attack in Munich. Najazada not only shifted the scared people to the basement of the mall but also provided them water and courage—things that are essential for survival.

Indeed, it is good news for Afghans—a nation caught in a ruthless geopolitical game and victims of an imposed war. However, Afghan immigrants should do more to build their image as tolerant and moderate people. They should tell the communities, where they live, that they are open to embrace positive change and compete with the modern world.

Involvement of a couple of brainwashed Afghans in terror incidents in the United States and Europe had created challenges for the law abiding and peace-loving Afghan immigrants. Due to the evil acts of a few, a large number of Afghans are facing difficult situation and choices. They fear losing the freedom and rights for which they sold their properties, left their families, and went through long and dangerous journey.

Therefore, Afghan social media users, especially those living in Europe, should be very careful. Followers of Daesh had launched campaigns on Twitter, Facebook and other networking sites aimed at fishing new recruits. Besides that, the immigrants should educate their colleagues to avoid friendship and contact with extremists. Watching propaganda videos on YouTube can make a love connection between the user and terrorists. Thus, there is need for a large-scale campaign to guide Muslims in the developed countries.

Afghan asylum-seekers should also launch an online campaign to show support for the host countries. They shall their role in supporting the communities where they live by discouraging the extremist mindset.

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