Afghan refugee arrives in Chile after Argentina-assisted journey

Nichole S. Gehr

Santiago, Sep 10 (EFE).- Chile’s government on Friday welcomed an Afghan citizen who has been granted asylum soon after fleeing her homeland by way of Pakistan and traveling to Santiago with Argentine diplomatic guidance.

Zainab Momeny, a 33-year-outdated university professor, is the sister of Zahra Habibi, a College of Chile clinical scholar who had questioned Chilean authorities to aid her sibling soon after the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan very last thirty day period.

As a divorcee, she would have been at exclusive danger and could have been focused for punishment by the recently put in fundamentalist Islamic routine.

Zainab arrived of her individual accord in the neighboring country of Pakistan.

But because Chile does not have diplomatic relations with that country, it requested Argentina’s ambassador to Pakistan, Leopoldo Sahores, to organize a travel visa that enabled her to attain Islamabad.

Zainab then flew from there to the Center East and on to Europe before creating her way to Santiago.

“She requested us for help in coming to our place, the place her sister, nephew and close friends were waiting around for her. This has been a very very long journey … from Kabul to Pakistan, afterwards to Dubai, then Paris and last but not least Chile,” Chile’s undersecretary of foreign affairs, Carolina Valdivia, who received Zainab at Santiago’s international airport, told members of the media.

The freshly arrived Afghan girl thanked Chilean and Argentine authorities for their guidance and claimed she felt extremely delighted and relieved that she can now “sleep straightforward and get worried-free of charge.”

Pertaining to the present circumstance for ladies in Afghanistan, she stated it was pretty precarious and observed that feminine protesters are remaining lashed with whips and that “there are detainees whose whereabouts is unidentified.”

Zainab is the to start with Afghan to obtain asylum in Chile out of an expected whole of 300 persons, according to govt figures. That number is centered on a record compiled by the Afghan community there and includes the family members of 10 feminine human legal rights defenders.

“We’re producing all the preparations so they can arrive. We’re pondering they’ll get there as a group, but there is no day mainly because some have expired passports” or airlines never let them to board flights due to a absence of journey paperwork, Valdivia reported.

She observed that those migrants are in unique countries, “some in Iran and other individuals in Pakistan.”

Those people who have immediate household ties in Chile or are formally employed by organizations are expected to get short term do the job visas, while the other people are to acquire entry dependent on refugee status. EFE

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