Is Latvia ready for refugees?

  • 1999-08-05
  • By Steven C. Johnson
It doesn't take much to incur the wrath of the Taliban, the fundamentalist Muslim regime that wields power in Afghanistan. Hashimi MirAbul Hussaim, a doctor and Afghani peace advocate, says he became a marked man when he tried to teach some of the women in his home town to read and write.When a bomb destroyed his clinic and his family started receiving death threats, it was time to go. A relative was married to a Latvian woman, so Hussaim got visas for his wife and two young children and came to Riga to apply for political asylum.Both his case and an appeal were rejected. The United Nations...
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