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LISTEN: Fleet teen fears death if sent back to Afghanistan

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LISTEN: Fleet teen fears death if sent back to Afghanistan

Published at 11:28am 7th April 2017. (Updated at 10:02am 28th April 2017)

In a heart-wrenching interview, a Fleet teen describes his fear of being killed if the government sends him back to his home country.

Walid Durani’s family sent him to England four years ago, after he says his grandfather was beheaded and his father kidnapped by the Taliban.

He tells Eagle that a note had been left with the head, saying that they were looking for the next eldest man in the family.

Having arrived speaking no English, Walid built a life for himself, learning bricklaying in college and obtaining an apprenticeship.

Last year, he was nominated for the Young Builder of the Year awards.

However Walid’s world was turned upside down in September.

He says the government has ordered him to return to Afghanistan, as he has only been given leave to remain as a minor.

Walid, now 18, describes his fear of what could happen if he returns, and the difficulty of proving that the Taliban beheaded his grandfather: 

A petition to keep Walid in the country has been set up and so far has over 10,000 signatures.

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