September 27, 2021

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Afghan refugee starts drive to secure asylum for women, kids

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, Afghan refugee starts drive to secure asylum for women, kids, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

In the summer of 2019, Adeeba Qayoumi, a 21-year-old aspiring doctor, relocated to Delhi from Herat, Afghanistan.
The move came after her mother, a civil rights activist and lawyer, began getting frequent death threats from the Taliban, one even signed and stamped. Now, Qayoumi has started a petition on the website change.org urging governments to grant asylum to women and children stuck in Afghanistan. The petition has already crossed over four lakh signatures.
The petition, she says, is in memory of her cousin Farishta Kohistani. “Farishta and her brother were killed by the Taliban in 2020. She was like my mom – she said we should always raise our voices for women and children. She was a civil rights activist working on education rights, job rights and sometimes with family problems between husband and wife. She became famous in Afghanistan for her work,” she says. Watching the situation in Afghanistan deteriorate, Qayoumi was inspired by her late cousin’s bravery to create this petition.
Another reason is her eldest sister, who went back to Afghanistan and now stays there with her husband and children. “We are able to communicate with her, but we can’t find a way to get them out of there. We have applied for online visas, asked people in India for help, but we don’t know what will happen,” she says.
Qayoumi has been working as a translator in a Delhi clinic, helping them to communicate with foreign patients, many of them fellow Afghan refugees. A topper in school and college, she had to leave her MBBS degree when she came to Delhi. She says that her experiences have taught her that safety and peace are the most important things in life – that’s what she hopes for for other Afghan women. “A person can survive any place if there is security and peace. It’s more important than food and water also,” she says.

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