Heat exhaustion in airless trunk of car kills Afghan migrant en route to Iran

According to local sources in Ghazni province in southeastern Afghanistan, a resident of Jaghatu district in Ghazni died in agony due to heat exhaustion and a lack of oxygen in the trunk of the car when he was allegedly trafficked to Iran.

Zabihullah Yaqoubi, sources say, risked his life to travel to Iran in search of a job and sought to smuggle himself into one of the country’s cities, escaping poverty and unemployment in Afghanistan.

Sources said he is from and lives in Dara Turkman area of ​​Ghazni province in Jaghatu district.

After the Taliban took over, the country’s labor market faced several challenges and a large population fled to neighboring countries in search of work, where they face additional challenges, including the risk of being forcibly deported. .

With increasing pressure from Iranian security forces, more than 1,200 Afghans have reportedly returned or been forcibly deported to Afghanistan.

Turkey, which is considered a safe third country for Afghan nationals, has also deported many undocumented Afghans from different parts of Turkey to Afghanistan on chartered flights.

The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), in a report, estimated that at least 900,000 Afghans have lost their jobs since the Taliban took over in mid-August , a figure likely to increase.

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