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Ilhan, his wife Nura, and their children resided near Kabul, in a region where both the Taliban and ISIS were active. As Shias, Ilhan’s family faced numerous menaces, including threats from ISIS that they would be beheaded if they did not display ISIS flags. Ilhan’s sister Radwa, who is deaf and mute, was forced to marry a regional leader. In addition to being threatened on religious grounds, Ilhan’s family was also threatened by an elder of their town. Out of desperation, Ilhan’s family sold their house appliances, escaped Afghanistan, and arrived at the Oinofyta refugee camp in Greece. Ilhan’s family fled with Radwa, as well as with Ilhan’s nephew Ziagull who, like Radwa, is mute and deaf. Ilhan says that if his family returns to his hometown, “they will definitely behead us this time round.” Ilhan has been tortured three times. He feels stuck and wonders how he can help his family. Ilhan wants to live in a peaceful country, where his family is free and is not threatened because they are Shia.
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