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Unwillingly on the way to migrate

Choosing the place you live is a human right, like thousands of other rights that are very common in modern society. Many try to achieve this right, sometimes losing their lives along the way. To this day, we have lost many people and this number is increasing daily.

We struggle to achieve this right in modern first-world society, but why? Do we really have to accept all this? Should we give up our lives and property over this?

According to the 1951 Geneva Convention, when people in a society seek asylum in a safe country for reasons of belief, political affiliation, ethnicity, natural disasters, and war, they should be treated with full rights. However, in Afghanistan, in addition to these problems, there are other reasons that are important and notable forcing us to migrate.

One of the biggest reasons for this is family. Parents are not educated and have children just to reproduce, so since birth, we are living in a crowded family without love and warmth. The only way our parents know to raise us is through violence, insult, and humiliation. According to statistics obtained from an Ettela’at-e Rooz newspaper, 12 out of every 15 children in Afghanistan have experienced domestic violence. As soon as they step their foot out of the house, they start looking for work and food, and children between 5 to 17 years old in Afghanistan (est. 3.7 million) occupy hard labour jobs.

In such situations, where violence and forced labour of children have been accepted as a culture and since we cannot deal with it because there is no system to control it, we must leave the house. At the same time because of the lack of job opportunities, we must leave the country and become an immigrant.

Due to violence in the family, society was formed with conflicts and hate which became a reason for migration. Forming a society where you will never be accepted unless you live according to their life model.

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People who are mainly concerned with the afterlife, in an illiterate society whose minds can only be changed by listening, have powerful people pressuring them to change for their own benefit. This leads to the emergence of extremist groups like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Violence against children is still clearly committed by these groups, so we must migrate and flee this community.

Another reason for migration is the unsuitable infrastructure for study and education, which is found in the Masjid (mosque), school, and even the university, which can be considered the most important reason for migration. Most people have not been taught by professional teachers but only by violent ones. This violence and abuse are so horrific and unimaginable. I am one of these victims, and the worst part of it is that the violence continues and has been accepted as a way of education. Unprofessional teachers willingly and unwillingly commit violence against children, resulting in serious psychological damage; children are afraid of going to school from the first day and trying to escape from it, but often the parents force the children to go to school.

These obstacles, such as insults, humiliation, and neglect, exist even in universities. Obsession, and prejudice against a particular class, ethnicity, and religion exist openly and there is no power to deal with it in both the Republican and Taliban governments. On the contrary, these have increased dramatically with the rise of the Taliban and other reasons such as changing educational curriculum, increasing religious extremist books, and reducing specific books in the community. Therefore, we have to migrate.

We know what hardships we must go through when we are going to migrate or that we may never reach our destination, like the thousands of migrants who lost their lives along the way.

In a world where there is room for everyone, why not live as we would like and why not have a fair opportunity for everyone to thrive?

We have always been able to be part of our society, in which we have not had any kind of love, kindness, and friendship. We may be different in colour, ethnicity, beliefs, and interests, but this difference can be the beauty of a society without borders, and the way to reach this society starts with open minds.

Mujtaba Rahimi

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