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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

At a Taliban checkpoint, a girl on her way to Canada was killed

A girl on her way to Canada was killed at a Taliban checkpoint

Key takeaways:

  • When gunfire erupted at a Taliban checkpoint, a 10-year-old girl approved to travel to Canada with her family was killed.
  • Bashir and his wife and their three children, including Nafiza, were approved for resettlement to Canada as a family of five.

A 10-year-old girl approved to travel to Canada with her family was killed when gunfire erupted at a Taliban checkpoint.

According to Eleanor Taylor of the group Aman Lara, the little girl, Nafiza, was shot and killed while the family was returning from a wedding late on the evening of Dec. 10, according to Eleanor Taylor of the group Aman Lara, which helps Afghans flee the country.

According to her, the father’s aunt was also killed, and three others were injured.

To ensure the safety of the rest of the family, Aman Lara is only revealing first names.

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Taylor said that removing the girl’s name from their evacuation list was one of the most difficult things her team had to do while working in the war-torn country.

“It’s a horrible situation. What a terrible thing has happened, “She stated in an interview.

“They were the fortunate ones who had their applications approved, but they were still unable to leave. And, you know, they’re leaving without their daughter now.”

She took a breath and paused.

“It gives it a terrible sense of finality.”

She said that Bashir, Nafiza’s father, worked as a carpenter for the Canadian military at a camp well-known to the Taliban.

The girl’s death was confirmed by Alexander Cohen, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, who described it as “tragic and heartbreaking.”

“We condemn the Taliban’s senseless act of violence, and our hearts go out to her family at this difficult time,” he said in a statement.

Bashir and his wife and their three children, including Nafiza, were approved for resettlement to Canada as a family of five. According to Taylor, they don’t have passports, so they had to travel to Kandahar to get them and attend a wedding while they waited.

Through Aman Lara, Bashir stated his daughter.

According to her father, his daughter was “extremely excited” about moving to Canada.

A girl on her way to Canada was killed at a Taliban checkpoint
A girl on her way to Canada was killed at a Taliban checkpoint. Image from Flipboard

“Nafiza was in the process of learning English before her country was taken over,” he explained.

“In school, she had always been at the top of her class.”

According to Taylor, Bashir “strongly believes” that his family has been targeted because of his work with the Canadian Forces.

She has heard stories of Afghans heading to Canada risking their lives to obtain their documents, she said.

“This, on the other hand, is tragic. Their names were there on the manifest, on the list of people who would be evacuated. They were so close to each other.”

The Taliban’s brutality, according to Cohen, remains the most significant impediment to Afghan refugees reaching safety in Canada.

The Canadian government has said that they will accept 40,000 Afghan refugees, though the immigration minister has stated that this could take two years.

According to Cohen, the government processes applications as quickly as possible. While thousands of applications have been processed in Afghanistan, leaving the country has proven difficult due to Taliban interference.

“We’re still working with our allies and a variety of other partners to find new ways for Afghans to flee the country and reach Canada.”

Taylor acknowledges that bringing Afghans to Canada will take time, but she believes a solution must be found to allow Afghans to leave easily.

“It just emphasizes the terrible risk that these people are taking in trying to find a way out of Afghanistan so that they can take advantage of the opportunity that awaits them in Canada,” she said.

“It is critical that we all work together to find a way forward for these people, particularly those who do not have passports.”

Source: CTV News

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