Afghan MPs fight for their country in exile | News

In November, 28 former female MPs met in Greece. They had fled the Taliban in dramatic fashion and were now reunited in a community center run by Melissa Network, a grassroots organization for migrant and refugee women that played a role in their evacuation.

The journalist Amie Ferris-Rotman was here; she says Nosheen Iqbal about the emotional first meeting of the parliament of Afghan women in exile in Athens. There, the women – some junior politicians, some older stateswomen, some from wealthy and prominent political families, others from poorer backgrounds – traded stories of their escapes and shared their hopes for the future. country they left behind. Shagufa Noorzai, 22, who was the youngest lawmaker before the fall of the Afghan government, says she wants women left behind in Afghanistan to know they have not been forgotten.

Greece, with its own complicated political relationship with immigration, is in some ways an unlikely haven for these women, but for now it is where they have found safety. As the women wait to see if they will be granted asylum in places like Canada, the United States and Britain, they are drafting policy proposals on everything from fighting hunger to educating women. – and try to make their voices heard.

Photography: Joel van Houdt/The Guardian

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