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Why are Afghan Sikhs desperate to flee to the UK

UK: in August, 35 Afghan Sikhs were found in a container at Tilbury docks – one had died. But why are they so desperate to come to the UK? The prayer hall at the Afghan Sikh Gurdwara in West London is packed with worshippers listening to the harmoniums and drums. Most of the people inside have at one time fled ...

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Afghan Sikh Leader Trying to Contact Families of the 35 Afghan Stowaways

Afghanistan: A Sikh leader in Afghanistan said today that he was trying to contact families over reports that 35 stowaways found in a shipping container in Britain were from the tiny, persecuted community. Staff at Tilbury Docks near London discovered one dead man in his 40s, and 34 other people alive, after hearing banging and screaming from inside the container ...

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Afghan Sikhs: one of the most vulnerable minorities in the world

Kabul, Afghanistan: The Sikhs of Afghanistan are one of the world’s smallest and most vulnerable minorities. Numbering no more than a few hundred families, they have endured persecution both from the Taliban and wider society in a country that is 99 per cent Muslim. If the migrants who were discovered at Tilbury Docks on Saturday are indeed Afghan Sikhs, as Essex Police ...

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MPs voice concern over attacks on Sikhs in US, Pak

New Delhi: A couple of Rajya Sabha members on Tuesday voiced anguish in the House over repeated attacks on Sikhs in the US and Pakistan and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the matter with them to ensure their safety and security. Raising the matter during zero hour, Balwinder Singh Bhunder (Shiromani Akali Dal) said Sikh minorities in US ...

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No home for Afghanistan Sikhs

Afghanistan: Outsiders may have trouble distinguishing between the turbans worn by Afghan Sikhs, with their tighter folds, varied colours and tucked-in edges, and those worn by Afghan Muslims, usually black or white with the end hanging down the wearer’s back. The subtle differences, however, and what they represent, have fuelled widespread discrimination against Afghan Sikhs, members of the community say, prompting ...

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