Afghan student deported by UK after asylum rejected fears Taliban will kill him
The mylitant group got back to control on Sunday, in an overwhelming barrage which saw a large number of urban communities fall following the fast withdrawal of unfamiliar soldiers this summer.
Ali has hidden himself and his family and fears being tormented and killed.
He says he is in danger of oppression because of the time he spent working and studying in London and his family’s connections with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
His family rented out, rather put their home on lease to the humanitarian association for a very long time so they could provide critical aid in the fall out of the 2001 attack.
Ali disclosed that a neighbor working with the Taliban has blamed them for being foreign spies and warned that they will be targeted under the new regime.
His voice was shuddering as he told Metro of his frantic circumstance.
‘I just want to cry right now. I am shaking. It’s been [four] days and I haven’t slept or eaten anything,’ he said.
‘My family are in hiding and we don’t know what to do.
‘My neighbour is an agent of the Taliban. He used to tell me “you have lived in the UK for eight years, now you have come here. You are a spy and when the Taliban comes, you will be their first target.”‘
‘We rented our house to ICRC for 15 years and he used to say that my family are also spies, so that night that Taliban [took Kabul] we left the house.
‘Our clothes and everything are there. We don’t know how long we can keep hiding but we have nowhere to go. We are so scared.’
Ali was among the large number of Afghans who made an attempt to escape by means of Kabul airport as the emergency unfurled on Sunday.
However, he was dismissed as he didn’t have a visa.
The 29-year-old broke down reminiscing his four-year battle to look for refuge in the UK.
After to moving to London in 2011 and gainng degree in civil engineering, he looked for shelter in 2015 following a visit to Kabul in which he was trailed by individuals he believes worked for the Taliban.
His application was declined and he went through years battling the decision, signing on at the Home Office at regular intervals. Be that as it may, one decisive day in November 2019, he was detained after turning up to his appointment and ousted in the blink of an eye a while later.
Ali claims that a Home Office official disclosed to him he didn’t meet all requirements for asylum as ‘the Taliban doesn’t exist in Afghanistan any more’ and the Afghan government would ‘protect’ him.
That government fell on Sunday, when Afghanistan’s former president fled the country, effectively surrendering power to the Taliban and ending the 20-year Western occupation.
Ali said: ‘I am angry at the UK government. They knew a war was going on and that the Taliban was going to come today or tomorrow, yet they sent me back by force, they deported me.
‘I swear if I die, the UK government is to blame.
‘I have no criminal record at all. I told them I could be a civilised person working and paying tax. I am educated, I have a European mentality. I was working part-time before I applied to asylum. They didn’t listen to me.’
The Home Office has rejected more than 32,000 Afghan asylum aeekers since the Western attack of the country in 2001, as indicated by the figures from OpenDemocracy.
This week it emerged the department had deleted a document used by officials considering asylum applications that claimed there was no ‘real risk of harm’ to the general public in Afghanistan.
Ministers have been savaged for failing to predict how quickly the Taliban would take over the country. MPs from all sides have urged Boris Johnson to expand the resettlement scheme for the thousands of Afghans now in danger of being executed.
The government has pledged to offer sanctuary to 20,000 Afghan refugees over five years, but it has been criticised for only taking 5,000 this year.
Those 5,000 Afghans are coming under an existing scheme for people whose lives are in danger because they helped the UK during the 20-year war. About 2,000 of them are already here.
Ali does not think he meets the current criteria to be evacuated but has applied anyway.
He does not believe assurances from the Taliban that ‘they won’t hold grudges’ and fears a return the days when the militants ruled the country with a brutal interpretation of sharia law.
‘There is nothing left in Afghanistan. It is being run by people who you can’t call human,’ said Ali.
‘If they come for you, who knows what they will do. They kill people just for fun.’
Home Secretary Priti Patel has hinted the resettlement scheme could be doubled to 10,000.
However, Ali is feeling increasingly hopeless amid reports the Taliban are blocking Afghans from getting to the airport.
He said militants are doing door-to-door checks to prevent people from leaving and is contemplating burning his documents in order to survive.
He said: ‘No one cares about us. I blame America for abandoning the country, but I blame the UK for abandoning me and all the people [from Afghanistan] they deported.
‘They said the [Afghan] government is going to protect you. They ran away and now we are hiding, living a life that no human deserves.’
A Home Office spokesperson said:
‘We have been closely monitoring the situation in Afghanistan and due to the escalations this weekend are urgently updating our information and policies to inform asylum claims.
‘This will be updated as soon as possible, and we have in the meantime removed our country policy information and enforced returns have been paused while we consider the situation.’