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Weekend Reads Montpellier: The incredible rescue of an Afghan family, exfiltered in France via the MHB

01:02  14 october  2021
01:02  14 october  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

Montpellier: "In a terrible moment, we took the hand," thanks the ex-elected Afghan saved by the city

 Montpellier: the family of Hakimullah Ghazniwal, the former mayor of a city of Afghanistan, has Hostel at Montpellier, Thursday evening, after a long journey © N.

Handball Airplane threatened with death, the former mayor of an Afghan commune and his family were exfiltrated thanks to the Action of the elected representatives of the city of Montpellier, who had made him citizen of honor in 2003

Hakimullah Ghazniwal, sa femme, leurs sept enfants et la femme de l'aîné de la fratrie, devaient arriver sains et saufs en France dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi. © Ville de Montpellier Hakimullah Ghazniwal, his wife, their seven children and the elder woman of the siblings, had to arrive healthy and Saufs in France in the night of Wednesday on Thursday. humanitarian - threatened with death, the former mayor of an Afghan commune and his family were exfiltrated thanks to the action of the elected representatives of the city of Montpellier, who had made him citizen of honor in 2003

C ' is an extraordinary story at the happy denouement. Threatened with death in his country, an Afghan family of a dozen people was exfiltered and saved at the price of an incredible chain of solidarity.

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Everything left an email received on Saturday, August 21 at 19:51. In this message, a man explained to be in danger of imminent death. This email, written in the heart of the summer, sent on the general messenger, could have taken the direction of the trash. However, they were referred to Gregory Bozonnet, the Cabinet Director of Michael Delafosse , the Mayor of Montpellier .

is a citizen of honor of the city by Georges Frêche in 2003

In this post, Hakimullah Ghazniwal explained to be the former mayor of the town of Ghazni, with which the prefecture of the Hérault had established exchanges in 2002, After the fall of the first Taliban regime. A year later, Georges Frêche, then socialist mayor of Montpellier, received with all respects his counterpart, and made it a citizen of honor of the city.

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"Immediately, we tried to set everything up to answer the call to the call help from this man and his family. They have been part of Afghan civilians who have unfortunately not been able to enjoy the air bridge to leave the country, "details the Christian Assaf councilor. Is then set up an operation to help them reach France, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior and the American NGO Open Society Foundations.

repatriated by the MHB private plane on the return of a champions league match

after Moult Bonds and the agreement of the Talibane authorities, the evacuation will be successful on October 7th for Hakimullah Ghazniwal, his wife, their seven children and The elder's wife of siblings, for which the deliverance of the passing-pass was the most complicated. An exfiltration via Tbilisi, Georgia, before a new start and support by the Red Cross in Skopje. This Wednesday is in the capital of Macedonia that Christian Assaf and the Montpellier delegation have recovered them. The place is anything but the fruit of a coincidence. "The MHB handball team visited it by plane private to play a Champions League match," resumes Christian Assaf. We took the opportunity to recover and bring them back with us. "

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Handball, like an incredible red thread. The one who flees Georges Frêche's Cabinet Director in the early 2000s remembers this visit very well. "We had attended an MHB handball match. He told me he remembered the atmosphere of Bugnol. I have been invested in politics for years. I think a lot about this phrase pronounced the Jews for the righteous, "who saves a life, saves the whole humanity". These are at times like this one feels really useful. In their departure, Hakimullah Ghazniwal and his loved ones have almost abandoned on the spot. "But among their rare personal effects, this medal of honor represents for him an except-conduit".

Solidarity Chain in Montpellier

The city of Montpellier and its Mayor Michaël Delafosse will take charge of their accommodation. The Dean of the Faculty of Law has proposed to allow children to continue their university curriculum and to learn French. The Association of Afghans of Montpellier should help them integrate into Montpellier life. "A chain of extraordinary solidarity is set up in Montpellier. »

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