ATHENS, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Lots of of Afghans marched to the U.S. Embassy in Athens on Saturday, making a plea to the worldwide neighborhood for peace and holding banners studying, “Afghanistan is bleeding” and “arms off our land.”
Following the Taliban’s takeover of the nation earlier this month, U.S. troops have begun their withdrawal from Kabul airport, after a two-week scramble by Washington and its allies to fly out their nationals and susceptible Afghans by a Tuesday deadline set by President Joe Biden. read more
Because it neared the top of a 20-year army engagement within the nation, the USA mentioned it had killed two Islamic State militants planning assaults in Afghanistan, following a lethal suicide bombing exterior Kabul airport on Thursday.
“We’re bored with battle, we’re bored with violence, we’re bored with seeing lifeless our bodies. All of us got here right here collectively, we would like peace from the world, we need to finish this battle,” mentioned Omey Naziam, 24, who joined the peaceable protest within the Greek capital.
Different protesters shouted, “cease killing Afghans” and “we would like justice.”
Greece was the frontline of a migrant disaster in 2015 when greater than 1,000,000 folks, most of them Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, arrived searching for refuge. Lots of them nonetheless reside in Greek camps, ready for his or her asylum functions to be processed.
Fearing new migrant flows from Afghanistan, Greece has accomplished a 40-km fence on its border with Turkey and a brand new surveillance system was in place to cease potential asylum seekers from attempting to achieve Europe.
“We’re right here with the intention to be the voice of unvoiced folks in Afghanistan which might be trapped,” mentioned Parwan Amiri, 17, who lives at a migrant camp exterior Athens and whose dad and mom and sister are nonetheless in Afghanistan. “Greater than ever we’re pondering that we do not have a land, we do not have a homeland.”
European Union house affairs ministers will maintain a particular assembly on Tuesday to debate the most recent developments in Afghanistan and its penalties for safety and migration within the 27-nation bloc.
Writing by Angeliki Koutantou; Modifying by Leslie Adler
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