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Afghan judo champion fights for survival in Pakistan

I applied for work in restaurants, department store and hotel. A little people they said they couldn’t give me a job because I don’t have work permit.

There were others problems too much. When I first Arrived, the guest house refused me accommodation because I did not have a visa.

I also was harassed by the police who tried to demand bribe. This often happens to Afghans here. And once a taxi driver reproached me for leave Afghanistan saying that I have no honor.

I live in hostel in center of Islamabad and are paid 20,000 rupees per month, including food and laundry. But now I used up all my savings. I should walk everywhere because I don’t have money.

now I’m planning move to makeshift Afghan refugee camps set up in a park in in city. I don’t have another option.

I had a happy life in Afghanistan. My big loved judo and kurash (uniform of wrestling). My fans they called me “uchimata”, like of judo throw.

I represented Afghanistan in a lot of international tournaments in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Turkey, etc. In 2014, I won silver at the South Asian Judo Championships in Nepal.

I miss my sport – it was my life. I had to leave my judo uniform, medals and trophies. in Afghanistan. I can’t find a place to practice judo near where I am live and cannot afford to travel.

After a few months without work, I became depressed. I have nothing to do but watch movies, read books, play snooker and sleep.

A few weeks ago I couldn’t even bear light on in my room, but also whenever i switched it off it was symbolic of in way in my life was also was repaid.

Then my friends advised me start exercises. Every day I go to gym in park and do my exercises to help deal with stress.

I see nothing future in Pakistan now. What can we expect from Pakistan when it already facing economic crisis, high inflation and political instability? me now want to move to a European country, USA or Canada is the only hope for to me.

I refer to these countries to help because the doors of Afghanistan is shut for to me.

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Sandra Loyd
Sandra Loyd
Sandra is the Reporter working for World Weekly News. She loves to learn about the latest news from all around the world and share it with our readers.

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