Canada Yasamin, Young Afghan refugee in Istanbul: "At the Turkish border, they tortured men"

16:50  16 september  2021
16:50  16 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Depuis la prise de Kaboul par les talibans, de nombreux Afghans et Afghanes ont fuit le pays via l'Iran et sont arrivés en Turquie (Photo d'illustration) © Giuseppe Distfano from the Taliban Taliban taken, many Afghans and Afghan Fitted the country via Iran and arrived in Turkey (picture of illustration)

since the Taliban victory in Afghanistan and withdrawal of Westerners, thousands of Afghans try to flee their country. Many target Turkey, last step before Europe is reached "VIA" Iran, after a sticking and risky journey. Yasamin is Afghan. She is 19 years old and left Kabul just after the fall of the city. She tells her journey and everyday life in Turkey, confusing and fear.

of our correspondent in Istanbul,

will not be said, obviously, that Yasamin was lucky. She dreamed of becoming a computer engineer in her country, Afghanistan. The Taliban victory has erased everything, all broken. But Yasamin is there, in a quiet coffee of Istanbul, Turkey, less than a month after leaving Kabul. For so many other Afghans remained in their country, it's already something that looks like a dream.

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Yasamin was not evacuated. With his 18-year-old brother - a younger year she - she fled by road, two days after the Taliban entered her city. In total, 4,500 kilometers between Kabul and Istanbul: "We traveled by taxi to Tehran, Iran. It took five days. Day and night in a taxi. Then, Tehran, again a taxi to Makou, not far from the Turkish border. From there, up to the border, we walked for three hours. Me, my brother and many others. We were 250. It was so difficult. All my body hurt me.

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An arrival in Trushing Turkey

Crossing this mountainous border between Iran and Turkey, it is its most experienced memory. Not just pain and physical fatigue ... what she saw, too. Yasamin squeezes his sky blue scarf, loosely knotted on her hair. "At the border, we stopped twice by the Turkish gendarmes. They tortured men. As I am a woman, they did not do anything to me, they did nothing either to my little brother. But the other men who were there, yes ... a lot ". The young woman talks about blows to the body and head, with fists, feet, weapons, for more than half an hour, of gendarmes who shouted in the group of migrants: "Go back to Iran! Turkey is not at home!

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Just after the border, Yasamin and his group arrive at Dogubeyazit. There, smugglers tend them a ticket ticket to Istanbul, last stage of this journey that lasted a week. In the largest Turkish city, Yasamin and his brother know no one. They meet an Uzbeke, who offers them to share a studio in the basement of a dilapidated building. His brother finds a job in a textile workshop, poorly paid and undeclared, since they entered Turkey by illegal pathways.

Lost in Istabul

Yasamin avoids going out: "I'm very scared when I see police officers. I wonder what I'm going to do if they stop me and send me back to Afghanistan. Once, my brother has been controlled. The police asked her where he was going, they asked her her papers. He said he had nothing and the police let him go. It's a matter of luck. Sometimes they stop. Sometimes they let them go ... "

Yasamin says to feel lost. She does not understand the Turkish, and no one around her speaks Dari or English. The slightest evocation of his family - his parents, his four brothers and sisters remained in Kabul - embeds his black eyes of large tears. She assures her and her brother, as soon as they have enough money, will try to go to Europe.

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