Deported refugee children reeling from psychological trauma

KABUL (SW) – A number of Afghan families who have returned from Pakistan say that the forced deportation, incomplete education and the misbehavior of the Pakistani police have had a negative impact on their children’s minds.

A number of Afghan families who have returned from Pakistan, in interviews with Salam Watandar, said that their children are now under mental and emotional pressure, they feel scared and worried about their future. They want the Islamic Emirate to provide education to the returned children.

One of these returnees, Bismillah, says about this: “The children have gone violent, they even beat a child who is still breastfeeding. I want the government to help. We don’t want anything else, the Pakistanis abused us, they wanted to hit the mother of my children, they hit the child with a stick. It is true that there is their homeland, this is our homeland. It was not our country there, we had to leave.”

Mushtaq, another returnee, says: “We are very worried about our child. There, he studied a little. Now, we want the Islamic Emirate to build a school for our children, we will be very happy. Our desire remained in our heart, now God will fulfill it. Our children are crying because they miss school. Sometimes they talk to each other and say that “Maulvi Sahib” told me that. Another says, the teacher told me this. They are very worried.”

According to them, a number of children were separated from their families and disappeared when they returned. 15-year-old Ehsanullah, who received religious education as a refugee in the Pakistani city of Quetta, says that after being returned, his education remained incomplete and he is now worried about his future.

He adds that when he returned, he was mistreated by the Pakistani police and because of this, he still feels fear and discomfort. Ehsanullah told Salam Watandar that the Pakistani police forced them out of their private homes. “I went to school there, I dropped out. We had a house and a place to stay there. Our things were left behind. They should build us a school.”

Nematullah Ulfat, the reintegration manager of the Department of Migration and Returnees Affairs in Kandahar, told Salam Watandar that children who are separated from their families and have no shelter, have been introduced to child training centers and are cared for until they are reunited with their families.

The head of reintegration of the Kandahar Department of Migrants and Returnees adds: “There is a good environment for their education, there is an orphanage. There are training schools and those who are trained to some extent will be equipped with good training and morale.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations, a number of other organizations and human rights activists have condemned the forced deportation of Afghan immigrants from Pakistan and their mistreatment. Recently, representatives of various parties in the Senate of Pakistan asked the government to postpone the plan to deport Afghan immigrants. They said that the interim government of this country does not have the authority to deport immigrants according to the law, and this decision should be left to the next elected government.