Sunday, June 20, 2004

More Afghans returning home from Iran - (United Press International)

More Afghans returning home from Iran - (United Press International): "More Afghans returning home from Iran

Tehran, Iran, Jun. 20 (UPI) -- About 13,000 Afghans have been repatriated from Iran in recent months and the exodus is continuing, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported Sunday.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Alireza Reza'i told IRNA that a convoy taking 788 Afghan family members left Bandar Abbas, in southern Iran, Saturday for the Dogharoun border checkpoint in the northeastern province of Khorassan.
'A growing number of applications for repatriation have been filed by Afghan refugees within the past few days,' he said.
Other sources said the Afghanis who had left home because they did not want to live under the Taliban Islamic militant regime now want to return because they see the situation in their country as slowly stabilizing.
Reza'i noted that upon arrival in Afghanistan, every Afghan refugee receives between $5-25 from the UNHCR to cover the expenses of the inland trip to their final destination. "


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