NEW DELHI—There are 2.6 million registered Afghan refugees world-wide, second only to those from Syria. Many others are undocumented or have traveled overseas to review. From the U.S. and Europe to Pakistan and Iran, they have tried to build new lives after escaping from a long time of struggle.
However for many who as soon as considered returning residence, together with some in a small diaspora group right here within the Indian capital, the return of the Taliban is closing the door on their plans and has left them searching for methods to assist members of the family get out, too.
Maliha Rashidi, 34 years outdated, has been residing in a cramped house within the crowded Bhogal neighborhood for greater than 5 years after leaving her residence within the Afghan metropolis of Jalalabad. She lives right here along with her six sons and two daughters, making a residing by performing as an interpreter for Afghans who would come to India searching for healthcare.
“Again residence, I used to look at a variety of Bollywood motion pictures. That helped me study Hindi,” she says. Earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic curtailed medical tourism, she foresaw a greater future for herself and her kids, who now go to high school. She says it’s a world away from Afghanistan, the place in 2014 Taliban insurgents killed her husband and his two brothers as a result of they labored for the federal government.
“At midnight, 4 males entered our home and beheaded my husband. They held my son at gunpoint, then poured scalded water on my toes and raped me a number of occasions,” Ms. Rashidi stated, pointing to her scarred toes.