Family members of Kabul peaceful demonstration victims called for an impartial international commission to probe into the 23-July suicide attack which killed at least 85 peaceful demonstrators and wounded more than 350 others.
Almost 400 children were killed and another 1,121 maimed between January and June this year in a six-month period that saw the highest number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the United Nations began counting in 2009.
Every Afghan family comprising about seven members would receive cash grant of about Rs300,000 on repatriation from Pakistan as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have doubled the repatriation grant.
More than 5.8 million Afghans, about 20 per cent of Afghanistan’s population, have returned home since the fall of the Taleban according to UNHCR figures. Many found their houses destroyed or occupied, or discovered that a new set of laws introduced by the interim administration of Hamed Karzai had scrapped their tenancy rights.
Men and women, old and young have all been part of the recent surge of asylum seekers into the European Union, Norway and Switzerland. But a lesser-known story about this surge is the rapid rise in child migrants traveling without an adult guardian.