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Angelina Jolie reacts to Pakistan’s forced evacuation of Afghan refugees

Jolie, a Hollywood actor and human rights advocate, criticized the abrupt pushback, citing the challenging conditions in today's Afghanistan. She condemned the global regression in human rights and the abandonment of Afghan refugees after promises of a better future.

Angelina Jolie, the renowned Hollywood actor and advocate for human rights, expressed deep sorrow over the forced relocation of over a million Afghan refugees by Pakistan to Afghanistan, leaving behind their accumulated properties and assets. Jolie, an Oscar winner, took to Instagram to convey her sentiments, stating that Pakistan had been a longstanding supporter of Afghan refugee families.

In her post, she shared poignant images of Afghan refugees and their families fleeing across the border with minimal possessions. Jolie lamented the abrupt pushback of refugees facing the harsh realities of today’s Afghanistan, where women are deprived of rights, education is restricted, and a severe humanitarian crisis persists.

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Describing the situation as another instance of global regression in human rights, Jolie highlighted the tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan, a nation that has endured four decades of war, conflict, and displacement. She criticized the world for abandoning Afghan refugees despite promises of a better future.

The repatriation efforts of Afghan nationals residing illegally in Pakistan have reached a significant milestone, with over 85,000 individuals crossing the Chaman border into Afghanistan. Both the Torkham and Chaman borders have witnessed a continuous flow of daily returns, as thousands of Afghans make their way back.

On November 11 alone, 2,957 illegal Afghan refugees departed from Pakistan, including 716 men, 691 women, and 1,550 children, constituting 678 families repatriated in 278 vehicles.

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