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Many thousands of people are currently fleeing Afghanistan to escape the violence and brutality of the Taliban as sharia law is reimposed on the country. The following report from Sweden discusses the surge of migrants from Afghanistan that is expected in Europe.
Aid workers warn: Up to three million Afghans will migrate to Europe
The German aid worker Sybille Schnehage, in an interview with German site WSR, warns that three million Afghans may migrate to Europe if the situation in the nation doesn’t improve. Schnehage has worked with humanitarian aid in Afghanistan since the 1980s, and in 1994 founded the organization Katachel, which, among other things, has helped establish 31 schools in Afghanistan.
“One can assume that up to three million Afghans will come to Europe within the foreseeable future,” Schnehage says to WDR and continues:
“I always ask people: ‘Why won’t you go to Saudi Arabia, where there are Muslims; it is your culture.’ The answer is always, ‘No, Germany is better.’”
“Yes, we absolutely must help Afghans build a future in the countryside. If not, the consequences for Germany and Europe are predictable,” says Schnehage.
In the interview, Schnehage also says that lawlessness is a bigger problem for the Afghan people than the Taliban, and that aid organizations like hers can work with the Taliban in the areas where they hold power.
“I have operated girls’ schools under Taliban rule. The foremost problem has always been security. How do we get girls to school unharmed? In the Afghan countryside, there are many young men without work who cannot afford to buy a wife. It costs at least €5,000.
“Because of this, girls are often kidnapped, including on the way to school. The Taliban say that girls must be safe. If we can guarantee that they can get to school safely, they have no problem with certain education, up to about the 6th grade,” says Schnehage.