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‘UK abandoned’ Afghan teacher is afraid for her life

‘UK abandoned’ Afghan teacher is afraid for her life

‘UK abandoned’ Afghan teacher is afraid for her life

‘UK abandoned’ Afghan teacher is afraid for her life

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  • Dan Jarvis is in favour of the remaining Afghans.
  • Only four of the 1,500 Afghans who qualified for resettlement.
  • More than 100 teachers were left behind in Afghanistan.
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Only four of the 1,500 Afghans who qualified for resettlement when the Taliban took power in 2021 have arrived in the UK. Zuhra, one of the thousands of Afghans who believe they have been abandoned, spoke with the BBC.

Being a woman with my character and work in such an extremist environment is not an easy thing, said Zurha to the BBC’s File on 4 programme. “I’m confident I will be facing the death penalty,” she said.

Recently, Zuhra—her real name is not used here—expressed how proud and content she was to work with the British Council. She instructed Afghan residents and religious leaders in English and British ideals for three years.

After being selected as the face of the British Council’s “English for Afghans” programme, Zuhra gained widespread recognition by starring in the organization’s promotional videos posted on Facebook and YouTube.

“I didn’t have to identify myself on the first day of class because when I walked into that class, everyone knew who I was,” she says.

When the Taliban took power in August 2021, more than 100 teachers were left behind in Afghanistan. Zuhra is one of them. They are seen as traitors and spies because of their work with the British.

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She is in grave danger now because of her online celebrity. She is hiding out with her family, travelling around to avoid being found out of worry for their safety.

I cannot go freely outside, I have to change my appearance, and I have to wear a burkha,” she explains. “One day a person may find me, and then I really don’t know what will be the consequences, and what situation I will face.”

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) was created to give Afghan nationals who assisted the British government throughout its 20-year presence in the nation a secure path to resettlement in the UK.

Pathway 3 gave 1,500 spots to three distinct groups, including British Council instructors, as part of the ACRS scheme’s initial year.

The British Council did not urge the instructors to request evacuation until five days before the last flight out of Kabul, despite the dangers they faced from the Taliban.
“The UK government only evaluated applications from British Council workers,” the British Council stated. Our office staff was included in this group but not our contractors (which included our teachers). All those who qualified to apply were urged to do so. We are aware that some contractors decided to apply now as well.

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Dan Jarvis, the justice spokesman for Labour, is in favour of the remaining Afghans.

“These are folks who come forward to serve at our call,” he told the BBC. Working together across government, day and night, to get these folks to a secure location, in my opinion, is a matter of honour. Because they will perish if we don’t.

The Ministry of Defense, Foreign Office, and Home Office are all involved in the Afghan plans.

According to a Home Office official, the UK has made one of the greatest pledges to aiding Afghans of any nation. To far, we have transported nearly 23,000 vulnerable people to safety, including thousands of individuals qualified for our Afghan relocation programmes.

“Supporting the resettlement of qualified Afghans remains a major priority, and we continue to cooperate with the UNHCR, like-minded partners, and nations bordering Afghanistan to support their safe journey here,” the statement continued.

Since Zuhra last heard about her application from the UK government, it has been two months.

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For her, any progress cannot happen soon enough. She says she is still feeling hopeful. “It will be a window of opportunity for me and also my family because I have put everybody in danger – my parents, my siblings are in danger because of me. It’s my responsibility to take them to safety but I really don’t know if ACRS will support my family members or not.”

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