‘My cousin was kid­napped - but we have hope he’ll be freed’

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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.

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