As a karate champion and teacher, Mina Asadi, brought honor to her country and relief to her countrymen — until she felt forced to leave Afghanistan. Now she is continuing her mission — using sport to help with emotional trauma — in a migrant camp in Indonesia.

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Thousands of Afghans who have sought refuge in Iran are being sent to Syria to fight for the regime of Bashar al Assad. Human Rights Watch reports that the Iranian government often offers cash incentives and a promise of asylum to those who will take up arms in the long and brutal war.

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For the past year, ever since European countries began opening their borders to immigrants, Afghans have been fleeing in large numbers. They set out for Europe in search of peace and a better life, but they have a very poor understanding of the dangers that await them.

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Ahmad was a student in the philosophy department of Kabul University. He was living with his family in Kabul, but, as his mother tells it, he always wanted to leave. He thought he could make a better life outside the country.

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Increasing numbers of Afghans are fleeing the deteriorating economy, lack of security and political turmoil in their country, paying people smugglers to get them to Europe. The path is a long and dangerous one, involving arduous treks through border regions, where they are often caught and sent back to Afghanistan.

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