Stories
06 Sep 2021

Wahed is a 20-year-old Afghani who left his homeland to find safety in Europe. He thought life in Europe would be full of joy. When he arrived in Norway, he was happy. He even learned Norwegian. But in the end, his asylum application was rejected. His legal guardian told him about IOM, and he decided to return to Afghanistan with them.

The best day was when he saw his family in Afghanistan again and they welcomed him. He also enjoyed being able to wear his own traditional clothing and eating tasty homemade food. He was happy at first but once he was back home, he did not feel safe and at night he could not sleep. He does not feel comfortable being back, but is compelled to accept the situation the way it is. Without a job, he cannot contribute much to the house rent or his family. 

He doesn’t have plans yet in Afghanistan and if he earns money, he plans to leave again and go abroad again.

“The best day was when I saw my family again. I also enjoyed being able to wear my own traditional clothing and eating tasty homemade food.”

SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities