‘I feel free’ – LGBT Afghan refugees arrive in UK

I feel like “a human being for the first time” in my life, a gay Afghan man has said after arriving in the UK with 28 others from the LGBT community. The man – who the BBC is not naming for safety reasons – fled Afghanistan, fearing for his life under the Taliban. The hard-lineContinue reading “‘I feel free’ – LGBT Afghan refugees arrive in UK”

Afghan refugees: Those who worked for UK can stay permanently

Afghans who worked for the British military and UK government will be able to move to the UK permanently, the Home Office has announced. Those eligible will be given indefinite leave to remain, rather than the five years’ residency previously offered.The UK evacuated more than 8,000 people eligible for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance PolicyContinue reading “Afghan refugees: Those who worked for UK can stay permanently”

Tokyo Paralympics: Afghanistan’s Paralympians arrival sends out ‘message of hope’

The safe arrival of Afghanistan’s Paralympic athletes in Tokyo sends out “a very strong message of hope”, says International Paralympic Committee spokesman Craig Spence.Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli made it to Japan after leaving Kabul in a “major global operation”. They were welcomed to the athletes’ village by a party including IPC president Andrew Parsons.“AsContinue reading “Tokyo Paralympics: Afghanistan’s Paralympians arrival sends out ‘message of hope’”