A former Afghan soldier is caught between battle and politics on Lithuania's border

Migrants gather near a fence at a temporary detention center in Kazitiskis, Lithuania, August 12, 2021. REUTERS/Janis Laizans (Reuters)

KAZITISKIS, LITHUANIA — Thousands of kilometers away, in a makeshift refugee camp in eastern Lithuania, as Taliban warring organizations took a series of provincial cities across Afghanistan, ancient Afghan soldier Fazel Rahman regarded abet on a conflict he had abandoned two months prior.

He claimed that Taliban loyalists in his home village had informed him that if he didn't join them, his life would be in hazard, but he didn't see that as an option, so he made up his mind to follow in the footsteps of tens of thousands of other Afghans and make his way to Europe.

“The scenario in our country has purchased worse. The Taliban killed my cousin,” recalled Fazel Rahman, who served in the Afghan military for 15 years.  “I fled with my kids because they threatened me, warning me to move my duty.”

He has found himself in the middle of a stalemate between Belarus and the European Union, now residing in a historic college building in the village of Kazitiskis in the Ignalina district of Lithuania.

The EU accuses Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko of exploiting the migration situation to persuade the bloc to lift sanctions imposed on the country in August following a disputed presidential election and its treatment of political opponents.

With the Afghan capital Kabul on the verge of being besieged by the Taliban following a lightning marketing campaign that followed the withdrawal of most US forces last month, European politicians are growing increasingly concerned that more irregular migrants, such as Fazel Rahman, will simply arrive.

By map of the Western Balkans, the European Union border agency Frontex has previously revealed a considerably bigger number of us coming from Afghanistan and Syria.

Fazel Rahman waits in a metal enclosure with approximately 130 people outside the ancient college building, conversing with others as laundry dries on the fence and children play in the muck and mud.

The camp is equipped with foldout mattresses and baths, and it provides a temporary respite from the tumultuous situation, during which he claims he was badly overrun by border officials.

“Even in a battle, troopers don’t treat us like I used to be handled,” he said. 

Source:- Reuters



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