‘My cousin was kidnapped - but we have hope he’ll be freed’
A young Afghan university student has described how his cousin was kidnapped by men he believes to be the Taliban. Mohsin, 21, who is studying economics in Dubai, spoke to 7DAYS about his 25-year-old relative being taken from his home in Kandahar last year. He asked that his surname not be used. Mohsin, who came to Dubai at the age of 14, said decades of war in his country has “torn apart” families and loved ones. The family received a call from a man claiming to be Taliban, claiming responsibility. Mohsin said: “We haven’t lost hope. We will find him. “But people tell us we are stupid because the Taliban probably have killed him by now. I don’t believe it. “If you come to Afghanistan and you speak to the people in the villages, a lot of families have had at least one or two of their family members kidnapped or killed by terrorists. “What has become of my country?” Afghanistan continues to see lawlessness, 15 years after the Taliban were overthrown. A United Nations report in February found 11,000 civilians were killed and wounded in 2015 alone.