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In 'mini Kabul', Afghan refugees mark 40 years in Pakistan


Added 02-15-20 12:04:03am EST - “It is a grim milestone for entire generations of families who fled war to create a life in Pakistan, but still face an uncertain future and no clear path to citizenship. "We spent an entire life here," says Niaz Mohammed, a 50-year-old…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “In 'mini Kabul', Afghan refugees mark 40 years in Pakistan”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Afghan boys sell fresh fruit on carts, signs are written in Dari or Pashto, and restaurants in the bustling bazaar sell Afghan dishes such as Kabuli pulao.

It is a grim milestone for entire generations of families who fled war to create a life in Pakistan, but still face an uncertain future and no clear path to citizenship.

"We spent an entire life here," says Niaz Mohammed, a 50-year-old labourer from Afghanistan's Nangarhar province who fled to Pakistan in the 1980s.

"We had weddings and marriages here, our kids were born here ... We have jobs and work here, while there's no peace in Afghanistan. That's why we are happy here."

On Sunday UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will arrive in Islamabad for a conference the United Nations says will "send a global reminder about the fate of millions of Afghans living as refugees".

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