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Afghan Refugees Held Protest in Islamabad, Criticizing Delay UNHCR Process

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KABUL: The Afghan refugees held a rally in front of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where they expressed criticism over delays in processing their immigration papers.

They wore the shirts with slogans of “kill us”.

They called on the UNHCR to expedite their registration, the distribution of immigration cards, and their admission to asylum-seeking countries.

“The Afghan protest with the slogan ‘kill us’ has reached the fifth day. On the third day, a number of UN representatives came and saw our problems up close,” a protestor said.

“We did not get what we wanted, we protested, we do not want anything anymore, our slogan is to kill us,” said the protesting asylum seeker.

The asylum seekers claim that they have repeatedly contacted the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Islamabad but have not received clear answers.

“They have been waiting for six to eight months with their families and children, with the current high price of living in Islamabad. It is very difficult to get a house,” said a protestor.

“For the past six months, we have been given a token, which is a piece of paper. it has no legal privileges and we have not received any human and humanitarian privileges,” the protesting asylum seeker said.

This comes as the Afghan refugees who remained in limbo for several years in Indonesia have set protests and criticized the UNHCR policy of treatment of Afghans.

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