A group of students at a school in the eastern German city of Cottbus is fighting to help Afghan classmates facing deportation stay in Germany. But odds are slim, and sentiment among their neighbors is not in their favor. DW reports from Cottbus.
Recruitment attempts by extremists, violence, a lack of support — the Save the Children aid organization reports about the plight of people returned to Afghanistan as minors. Programs must be reassessed, the group found.
Activists are demanding EU member states stop sending asylum-seekers back to Afghanistan. Violence against civilians is on the rise in the country, yet some European governments appear eager to continue the deportations.
For decades, powerful warlords and tribal elders have dominated Afghanistan's political landscape. But a record number of young Afghans are aiming to break their monopoly in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
German authorities do not know the whereabouts of some 900 refugees under the age of 14. The head of a German children's charity said the new figures were alarming.
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