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42 Afghan children return from S. Arabia

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    42 Afghan children return from S. Arabia KABUL, Oct 19: Some 42 Afghan children allegedly trafficked to Saudi Arabia over the past several years have been
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      42 Afghan children return from S. Arabia

      KABUL, Oct 19: Some 42 Afghan children allegedly trafficked to Saudi
      Arabia over the past several years have been repatriated to Kabul,
      Minister for Social Affairs Noor Mohammad Qarqeen said Sunday.

      The Saudi government arranged for the children - aged between four
      and 10 years - who had been living illegally in Makkah, to be
      returned on Thursday, he said.

      Another 208 children, including some girls, are scheduled to arrive
      in Kabul in the next few days, the minister said. Afghanistan's Human
      Rights Commission believed the children were smuggled and abused in
      Saudi Arabia.

      "Our initial investigation indicates that the majority of these
      children had been kidnapped and later smuggled to that country,"
      commission's spokesman Nadir Nadiri said.

      Mr Nadiri said some of the children told the commission that they had
      been living as slaves. However, he said, so far there was no
      indication that they had been sexually abused.

      Most of the children were from the northern Baghlan province. They
      have now been lodged in an orphanage run by the Social Affairs
      Ministry in Kabul. The commission has launched a search for their
      families in Baghlan and the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan, Nadiri
      said. -AFP

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