Amidst the deportation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, a large number of children born and raised in Pakistan, not ready to leave their friends and schools, are being forced to leave too. Videos featuring the children bidding farewells are going viral on the internet.
In one, a young Afghani boy can be seen saying goodbye to his classmates.
No words 😢 https://t.co/ErBFF0MZDo— Moniza Kakar (@Moni_Kakar) October 30, 2023
In another one, little Afghan girls can be seen singing the National Anthem and expressing their disappointment on leaving since all they know is that Pakistan is their home.
Worrisome pictures have also emerged on X (formerly Twitter) with claims that some of the Afghan children are being presented in court after being arrested from their madrassahs and schools in Karachi. Afghan refugee advocate Moniza Kakkar has said, “This raises serious concerns about their legal rights as refugees”.
Afghan children appearing in court R being treated as criminals & unjustly convicted.This raises serious concerns about their legal rights as refugees. Today, they were produced in court.They were arrested at their school/Madrassa in Karachi 45 days ago. #RefugeesRights pic.twitter.com/oEzWSeDsZt— Moniza Kakar (@Moni_Kakar) October 30, 2023