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Rabu, 25 Agustus 2021

As thousands flee Afghanistan, some refugees want to go back - NEWS.com.au

Some Afghan families want to repatriate to their homeland, saying the Taliban will bring stability to the war-torn nation

From trucks stuffed with carpets, bedding, clothes and even goats, around 200 Afghan refugees look beyond the horizon toward Spin Boldak in their country's south, waiting to return home from Pakistan. 

Dreading another period of harsh rule after the Taliban's rapid takeover following the US troop withdrawal, thousands have been desperately trying to flee Afghanistan, with chaotic images emerging from the Kabul airport. 

"We emigrated from Afghanistan during bombing and hardships, when Muslims were in trouble, now, praise be to Allah, the situation is normal, so we are returning to Afghanistan," Molavi Shaib told AFP while waiting at the border. 

As scores try to escape Taliban rule, Pakistan has ramped up security at the border, making the process more stringent.   

"We have our household with women and kids waiting -- we want them to cross the border."

Displaced Afghans have long complained about feeling unwelcome with little access to employment and citizenship rights.

- 'Better to go back' -

On the back of one truck, a teenage boy holds a baby, surrounded by a hodgepodge of household goods including a bucket, a bed and a bicycle. Another boy sits next to him on a yellow cushion while a white goat can be seen milling about between them. 

"I am returning to Ghazni, now peace has been established and we are happy that we are returning back to our home. It's much better to go back and settle there," Wali Ur Rahman told AFP.

Many of those trying to get out of Afghanistan fear reprisals from the Taliban after working for foreign governments that fought the militants during the 20-year war.

"We migrated here to Pakistan because of the ongoing war in Afghanistan, now peace has been established," he said.

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