Balkans ‘solidarity countries’ welcome Afghan refugees


The face of Farkhunda Malikzada, lynched by an angry mob in 2015, confronts Kabul citizens near the site of her murder.

A group of 67 Afghan citizens, employees of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) as well as their family members, arrived at the Skopje International Airport on Sunday, Željko Trkanjec and Alice Taylor report for Exit News:

Continuing its active role as a solidarity country, North Macedonia provided them with a temporary stay until leaving for a third country. This is part of an international operation to help a democratic Afghan population at risk from the Taliban.

Albania has also emerged as a bastion of solidarity with Afghan refugees, The FT’s Alec Russell writes. When he was last in Tirana 30 years ago, it was the basket case of Europe. Now, inspiringly, Albania has inverted that narrative and become a haven for Afghan refugees.

It is this kind of collaboration and solidarity that is the key to reinvigorating the worldwide movement for democracy, NED President and CEO Damon Wilson notes. As freedom is under intensifying pressure globally, NED is innovating to face emerging complex challenges to democracy. We are adapting so we can better nurture the democratic resilience and unity required for democratic renewal, he writes in his review of 2021. RTWT

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