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We might think that the war has ended in Afghanistan, but even though NATO has been there since 2001, the country still suffers from instability and lack of security.

“The war is not over in Afghanistan”

We might think that the war has ended in Afghanistan, but even though NATO has been there since 2001, the country still suffers from instability and lack of security, says the Afghan asylum seeker Mohammed.

The fighting is still going on in Afghanistan (Photo: Justin Holley, Creative Commons)
The fighting is still going on in Afghanistan (Photo: Justin Holley, Creative Commons)

By: Mohammad Noman Popal

NATO and Danish troops will be out of Afghanistan in the end of this year, but that does not mean Afghanistan is safe now. Five American troops were killed last week and even though it was a friendly fire, it shows that the war is still going on.

My name is Mohammad Noman Popal and I’m 29 years old. I came from Afghanistan to Europe in June 2011 and since my childhood, I remember war in Afghanistan and I doubt that it will end in Afghanistan soon.

Home, sweet home
I left my home, sweet home to save my life, because it was not safe for me in Afghanistan, even though NATO has been in the country since 2001. Taliban were ousted, but the country is not stable and today there are still around 49.000 NATO troops from 48 different countries in Afghanistan (www.nato.int).

I had a sweet family and was an only child, so it was very hard for me to leave my parents and flee to another country, where I didn’t know the culture, the society, the people or the climate, which is totally different.

Left embassy because of threats
In Afghanistan I worked on an embassy in Kabul and I belong to a rich family. It was a good and happy life, but corruption is very common and I was threatened by an unknown group of people to provide safety information.

I was working in the central Kabul, which should be one of the safest places in Afghanistan, but if even that place isn’t safe, peace and stability is far ahead. Most of the people who seek for asylum from Afghanistan are from the provinces, but even Kabul is not safe yet.

Hope for the future
When we are far away from our homeland and family, we can’t call it real life, but we can try to face the problems we meet as an asylum seeker. I didn’t come to Denmark just to earn money, because in my opinion, money can’t fulfill the most important aspects of life, such as family, friends and homeland. I can’t get that right now, so I just hope to keep my life safe and continue to study, in order to get a bright future in Denmark. Hopefully Afghanistan will be safe and stable again one day, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Three Afghan children outside of Kabul. (Photo: Mark Knobil, Creative Commons)
Three Afghan children outside of Kabul. (Photo: Mark Knobil, Creative Commons)

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