Kabul: The deadliest place in Afghanistan - 2 May 2018

There are 1,500 Afghan men, women and children in the community waiting for a decision as to whether they will be granted refugee protection. But the Australian Government is saying it's safe to to send them back.

Our team of researchers have just returned from Afghanistan where they met and interviewed people who had been returned by the Australian Government. 

Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia Phil Glendenning led the research team and he spoke with Frank Kelly on ABC Radio last week:

"People said to us things like 'when I take my children to school I don't know whether they'll be alive at the end of the day.' Put yourself in the shoes of that person. Most of us are in the lucky situation of not having a clue of what war feels like, smells like, tastes like, but that's what it does to people. And for the Government to say 'it's safe to go back' is ludicrous. It's wrong."

Our team of researchers have just returned from Afghanistan where they met and interviewed people who had been returned by the Australian Government. 

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  • commented 2018-05-08 00:51:46 -0700
    Thank you Phil and team , for reporting the facts which confirm the DFAT travel advisory. It is hypocritical for Dutton and his compliant public servants to claim that Afghan Shia refugees and asylum seekers can safely go home to the towns and villages or to Kabul where they have no adequate family support.
    So draw a line in the sand, end indefinite limbo and grant a humanitarian permanent visa to people who have been in limbo for 5 years already , and fast track family reunion in Australia for the wives and dependants of the desperate adults who knowingly risked their lives so that they could reach safety for the sake of their children . Turnbull /Dutton can do this TOMORROW. If they don’t……
    Shorten and the ALP must lead on this , and say sorry for introducing the mandatory detention of men women and children who crossed our border from 1992 until today. Commit to rescinding the legislation which authorises human rights abuse!
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