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Fawad and Zakeela

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AFGHANISTAN

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Fawad and his wife, Zakeela, have three children. Zakeela was a beautician, and Fawad was a singer in the Baghlan district in Afghanistan. The music he produced was not in accordance with the strict restrictions of the Taliban. They threatened his life and assaulted him many times, so he decided to leave with his family to Kabul. Fawad’s day job was as an FM radio producer; at night, he moonlighted as a singer and musician. He produced music for ceremonies and weddings, often performing for the women’s part, which the Taliban did not accept. Eventually, his life was again threatened, and the family fled the country. Coming to Greece was a difficult transition for them since they had a good house, car, and income in Afghanistan. As of 2018 the family made their way to Paris after several failed attempts at the Croatian border, where police ordered to beat and fingerprint anyone attempting to cross. The family spent 10 days hiding in forests, hiking, sleeping in one small tent with two blankets, and no food or water.

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Interview

Interview Date

2016

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GREECE

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