Mina (26) loved training as a midwife, but before she could receive her graduation certificate, her new husband persuaded her to sell everything to go to Iran for work, leaving behind her dreams. Once there, she found out that her husband was a drug addict – he would come home late at night and be physically abusive. When she tried to escape, he came after her.
Hakimullah (23) was born as a refugee in Haripur Refugee Camp in Mansehra district in Pakistan. His parents came to Pakistan in 1979, crossing the Durand Line to flee the Soviet invasion. There were hundreds of families like his at the Camp, many of them without proper documentation.
Muhammad Bashir (21) was a young teenager when his father was killed by an armed group in his home district of Ghormach in Faryab province. The incident forced his family to leave their home and they moved to Baghlan province. The responsibility of the family fell on Bashir’s tender shoulders.
Herat – A catastrophic fire on the border between Afghanistan and Iran, which killed at least 40 people, injured 17 others and caused USD hundreds of millions worth of destruction on Saturday, also damaged the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Islam Qala Reception Centre.
Samarkhail village sits along the Kabul river in Behsod district of Nangarhar. Home to around 1,500 families, the village spreads across farmlands ready for the season's harvest. Few years ago, when Haji Matin returned from Pakistan and settled In Samarkhail, it was a different landscape.
Malalai (31) had been living in Pakistan as an undocumented migrant for more than a decade, but her life turned upside down earlier this year when her husband died in a car accident. She was forced to return to Afghanistan with her three children and was received by IOM at Spin Boldak border crossing.
Nur suffers from hearing loss and is partially sighted. When the #COVID19 lockdown came, he couldn’t find work and took the tough decision to try to reach Iran to find an income to support his wife and son. While trying to cross the border, he fell from the vehicle he was traveling in and sustained a bad leg injury.
“I was deported with nothing but a leg injury,” says Ahmad (15), who became the main breadwinner for his family when his dad passed away 3 years ago. His family struggled to make ends meet as COVID19 hit and, though still a child, he was under pressure to marry. Instead he went to Iran in search of work but like many, he was arrested and detained before being deported.
Salim Khan is a poor farmer in Bamyan. Because of extended conflict in his village in Daikundi, Salim Khan fled to Bamyan three years ago. According to IOM’s DTM June 2020 Baseline Mobility Assessment, Salim Khan is one of 52,140 IDPs currently living in displacement in Bamyan.
Farhad Ahmad (28) was destitute, living for 19 years in Iran as a refugee. As a child, he dropped out of school to work and support his family. In February, when Iran went under lockdown after the coronavirus outbreak, Farhad lost his job. He along with his family were forced to return to Afghanistan.