Afghans flock to Iranian border, but few can cross

Afghans flock to Iranian border, but few can cross...
msn.com 09/10/2021 News

Keywords:#AFP, #Afghanistan, #Iran, #Iranian, #Mohammad, #Msn.com, #Taliban

The number of Afghans attempting to cross the border to Iran has soared since the Taliban swept to power almost two months ago, but few make it across, an official said.
Before the Taliban came to power on August 15, around 1,000 to 2,000 people crossed to Iran through the Zaranj border station in the southwestern province of Nimroz every month.
But the border commander for Nimroz province, Mohammad Hashem Hanzaleh, told AFP this week that the number of people attempting to cross has since soared to between 3,000 and 4,000 every day.
The hike comes as devastating economic and humanitarian crises lash Afghanistan, with the UN warning that a third of the population faces the threat of famine.
But Hanzaleh said that very few had the papers required to cross.
Traders and people holding residence visas, as well as those with visas to seek medical treatment, "are not prevented by Iranian forces," he said, adding that about 5-600 people were allowed across each day.
For those without their papers attempting to cross, the experience can be harrowing.
Hayatullah, wearing a towel-like turban and a grey beard, showed off his injured hand, with dark blood seeping through the bandage.
"Iranian soldiers took our money. They hit our hands, they tore our hands," he said.
Mohammad Nasim said he had been thwarted three times after trying to scale over the border wall.
Two nights earlier, he said Iranian border guards had opened fire and killed two people trying to get across, including one of his friends.
That did not stop him from returning the next night, only to find himself "captured" and "beaten", as the guards asked why he was trying to cross without documents.
He said he had answered: "If you saw the poverty, hunger and misery of our nation, then you would go to the other side of the border too."
"We don't have any other solution."
---Afghans flock to Iranian border, but few can cross ---
...

Read more from Source »

Related articles based on keyword density
Commerzbank settles US charges for Iranian deals ...
dw.de 13/03/2015 Economy
Commerzbank has agreed to pay a hefty sum in a settlement with US regulators over illegal transactions with companies in Iran and Sudan. The dealings ...View Details»

Afghanistan's Bruce Lee 'reincarnation' becomes Web hit...
msn.com 10/12/2014 People
By Frank Jack Daniel and Hamid Shalizi From the ruins of a bombed-out palace above Kabul, a young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu...View Details»

Afghanistan’s neighbours gather in Tehran to discuss its future ...
aljazeera.com 27/10/2021 News
Iran says the main goal of the event is to emphasise the call for the formation of an ‘inclusive’ government in Afghanistan. By Maziar Motamedi Publis...View Details»

Iran’s water crisis the product of decades of bad planning - The Washi...
washingtonpost.com 03/07/2014 Nature
By Jason Rezaian July 2 at 7:00 AM Follow @jrezaian TEHRAN — Iran is headed for a water shortage of epic proportions, and little is being done to re...View Details»

Iranian musician risks prison for new album...
msn.com 15/09/2021 Fun
Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian faces prison for making music. In fact, he has already spent two years locked up - including a spell in solitary confi...View Details»


EOF