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Afghans protest in front of the US embassy in Athens

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Scores of Afghans protested in front of the US embassy in Athens on Saturday.

The protestors pleaded to the international community to achieve peace in the region, while holding banners.

The banners read, “Afghanistan is bleeding” and “Hands off our land!”

After the Taliban took over the country early this month, the US forces started to withdraw from Kabul’s airport.

 Moreover, this happened following a 14-day race by Washington and its allies to evacuate their citizens and Afghan staff.

The evacuation ends on Tuesday according to the deadline US President Joe Biden had set.

Near the end of the US military engagement in Afghanistan, which lasted for 20 years, it said it had killed two ISIS militants planning bombings.

Moreover, the killing was on Thursday after a lethal suicide bombing outside Kabul airport.

“We are tired of war, we are tired of violence, we are tired of seeing dead bodies,” said Omey Naziam.

“We all came here together, we want peace from the world, we want to end this war,” added the 24-year-old, who joined the peaceful protest in the Greek capital.

Other protesters shouted, “Stop killing Afghans!” and “We want justice.”

Greece took the heat of the migrant crisis in 2015, when over a million Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis sought refuge.

Most of them are still living in camps, waiting for their asylum forms to be processed.

Greece has fenced its border with Turkey and placed a new surveillance system to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe.

Furthermore, the fence was 40 km long and made for preventing a new migrant overflow from Afghanistan.

Afghans in despair

“We are here to be the voice of voiceless and trapped people in Afghanistan,” said Parwan Amiri.

Amiri is 17 years old and lives in a migrant camp outside Athens; his family is still in Afghanistan.

“More than ever, we are thinking that we don’t have a land, we don’t have a homeland,” added the 17-year-old.

The EU home affairs ministers will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

Moreover, the consequences of said situation on security and migration in the 27-country bloc.

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