Translated from Dutch ANP news agency:
Two Afghan sisters may continue
Two Afghan girls and their family from Hengelo can remain in the Netherlands. 18-year-old Karima and 15-year-old Krishma have been living in the Netherlands for nine years and ran the risk of being deported.
The mayors of Hengelo and Borne wrote a letter to Minister Leers, asking him to give the girls a residence permit. They are so westernized that they cannot return.
Previously, the girls’ high school waged action to let them stay. They are very pleased that they can stay now.
After the earlier victory of Afghan refugee girl Sahar, whom the Dutch Rightist government tried to expel, another victory against this government. Karima and Krishma will not have to return to occupied Afghanistan, the world’s worst country for women.
So, for once, under pressure from below, this government makes a good decision, affecting two individuals (and creating a precedent for more individuals, it is to be hoped).
However, they had already made a very bad decision affecting many more Afghan, and Dutch, individuals.
This will mean more war, more dead Afghans including girls. And more refugees from Afghanistan. Contrary to what European xenophobes say, most of those refugees are not going to Europe to supposedly “Islamize” it in some Elders-of-Zion-style secret “Eurabia” plot. Most Afghan refugees go to Pakistan or Iran.
Some went and will go to Europe or other NATO countries. Good that, in the case of the sisters Krishma and Karima, a blow has been struck against punishing the victims of NATO’s war for that war.
The Dutch government makes bad decisions, not just on the Afghan war, but also on refugees other than Karima and Krishma. Next Tuesday 13:15 there will be a demonstration on the Plein square in The Hague against government plans to expel Mauro, a refugee boy from Angola, from the Netherlands.
Victims of human trafficking: human rights not a priority for Dutch government: here.
Sarah Bufkin, ThinkProgress: “America’s wars are forcing Afghans and Iraqis to flee their homes in greater numbers. According to a recent U.N. High Commission for Refugees study, nearly one half of the world’s refugees are from Afghanistan and Iraq, 3.05 million and 1.68 million, respectively. But neither the United States nor much of the developed world bears the burden of the 10.55 million refugees under the UNHCR’s purview globally. Instead, Pakistan, Iran, and Syria serve as the top host countries. The Economist has charted the numbers”: here.
Afghanistan: Rawa.org News Feed: While US talks withdrawal, Afghan corruption soars: here.
Deportation flight to Iraq blockaded and stopped: here.