Afghans Seek Asylum in Norway

During the past decade, thousands of refugees have come to Norway seeking a safe haven from conflicts raging in their native lands. A few days ago, dozens of Afghans seeking asylum set off on a 648-kilometer march from Trondheim to Oslo. Many of the marchers are illegal immigrants and face the possibility that they will be arrested by police for acknowledging publicly their unwanted presence in Norway.

One 21 year-old who would only give the name of “Amin” told Aftenposten he came to Norway in 2003 but has lost every appeal for asylum. “I’ve tried to get a job many times, but when I’m asked if I have working permission, I have to answer, no.” He has been living off the good will of friends.

Any intelligent Afghan who has made it to Norway understands that going back home is a route headed to potential death. Amin told the reporter that during the past few months, eight people from his village were killed by the Taliban,\ and his family has fled to siblings living in Pakistan.

There are nearly 2,000 Afghans in Norway, and the vast majority have been denied asylum. Zahir Athari, who is leading the march, pointed out that his nation has been engaged in warfare for almost thirty years. This little example of a handful of people seeking peace is directly traced to failed American policies. If a large American force had been sent to Afghanistan, and proceeded to wipe out the Taliban, and then used energy and money to create a viable Afghanistan economy, there would not be refugees in every part of the world seeking a place far from the madness that Afghanistan has become.
Information from Aftenposten

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