Angelina Jolie Saddened by Pakistan’s Abrupt Push Back of Afghan Refugees

Renowned Hollywood actress and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie, has voiced her deep concern over the mass deportation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan. In a heartfelt Instagram post, Jolie, who has been a longstanding advocate for refugees and human rights, criticized the abrupt decision to push back vulnerable Afghan families facing the harsh realities of surviving in today’s Afghanistan.

Jolie highlighted Pakistan’s historical role as a supporter of Afghan refugee families for decades. She expressed her sadness over the sudden deportation, especially considering the current dire situation in Afghanistan, where women are being deprived of basic rights, education is becoming increasingly inaccessible, many are facing imprisonment, and a severe humanitarian crisis is unfolding.

The Oscar-winning actress wrote, "I am saddened they would so abruptly push back refugees who face the impossible realities of trying to survive in today’s Afghanistan, where women have again been deprived of all rights and the possibility of education, many are being imprisoned, and there is a deep humanitarian crisis."

She further added that it is yet another example of the “backsliding in human rights” globally and a new tragedy in the long history of the suffering of Afghan people – who have experienced nothing but war and conflict and displacement for over forty years. She lamented that the Afghan refugees were "being abandoned by the world after all the promises that were made of a better future for the Afghan people."

The ongoing repatriation mission of Afghan nationals residing illegally in the country has reached a milestone, with more than 85,000 crossing the Chaman border into Afghanistan. The Torkham and Chaman borders have witnessed a steady stream of daily returns, with thousands of Afghans returning. On November 11 alone, 2,957 illegal Afghan refugees left Pakistan. This group comprised 716 men, 691 women, and 1,550 children, constituting 678 families who were repatriated in 278 vehicles.

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