I recently got a direct message on Instagram from a girl called Alice who has been volunteering in Calais.
She had just met an Afghan guy who had applied for Asylum in France and just been rejected.
He was super confused and upset, and not knowing what else to do, he asked Alice to help share his story.
He wanted as many people as possible to know what had happened to him.
So here it is…please read and share.
Abdullah* is a refugee from Afghanistan, currently in France.
Recently, he asylum application in France was rejected.
This left him extremely upset as his life is in danger in Afghanistan, and he is yet to find a country that will protect him.
He can’t go back, and he can’t go forward.
Since 2012, he had been serving with the Afghan armed forces as a military nurse. During his leave in 2015, the Taliban came to his home, searching for him.
His wife answered the door, and was questioned about where he was.
She replied that he was still on duty and had not returned home.
Abdullah overheard this conversation and fled to one of his neighbours houses. The Taliban proceeded to force entry into his home, where they beat his wife and told her that they would find her husband, and when they did, they would not let him live.
Abdullah knew that if the Taliban found him, he would be persecuted.
He knew his life in his own country was no longer safe.
He had no choice but to leave his home, his wife and his children behind, and make the dangerous journey to the border of Iran.
From there he crossed through Europe until he finally reached France in December 2015…where he finally thought he would find protection and security.
All he wanted was safety for him and his family.
Following the demolition of the Calais Jungle, he was accommodated in a centre in the south of Paris and filed an asylum application, in which, he explained that his life was severely endangered in Afghanistan and that he needed the protection of the French government.
However, recently, he received news that his application had been rejected.
The ‘justification’ for rejecting his application was that his story “does not seem plausible” because, amongst other things, he did not show enough emotion when questioned about his wife being beaten by the Taliban.
Abdullah feels he has been wrongfully treated by the French authorities and Alice, having heard his story first hand, does not believe his case has been justly reviewed.
Abdullah’s youngest child is only 3 years old. He came to Europe in desperation, fleeing from persecution, and hoping to be granted protection for his family. However, we have failed him.
The one thing he asked of us was to share his story, so please share this far and wide and allow his voice to be heard.