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Afghanistan turmoil

Afghan refugees get cold welcome in Turkey after perilous journey

Turkey building wall on Iran border as Erdogan cornered by new arrivals

Migrants are seen after they were detained by Turkish security forces during an operation in the border city of Van in late August.   © Reuters

VAN, Turkey -- A tipoff from Afghan army acquaintances prompted Ahmad* and his wife Fatima* to flee the capital Kabul hours before it fell to the Taliban. It marked the start of a perilous journey of more than 4,000 kms with their young daughter -- and a destination, the eastern Turkish city of Van, that is hardly the sanctuary they hoped.

The family does not regret their decision to leave Afghanistan. They say they had to go because of military connections that make them Taliban targets. But now they face a different set of hardships, in a country where government and public opinion has been turning against refugees after years of hosting millions of them.

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