Protection

Young men paying a high price in quest for a better future

When I meet Hefaz*, he looks a little pale. The shock of a broken leg is taking its toll and he’s propped it up on a chair to ease the swelling whilst we talk.

Hefaz (21) was working on a building site in Iran two days earlier when he fell from a scaffold, breaking his leg badly on landing. Shortly after, the police turned up on site and arrested him for working without legal papers. He was promptly deported back to Afghanistan without any medical attention, and with many of the wages he had earnt still unpaid by his employer.