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Afghan ‘Little Messi’ forced to flee Taliban

AFP, KABUL

Murtaza Ahmadi’s father, Arif Ahmadi, remains in Jaghori working as a farmer while his family lives in Kabul under precarious conditions, with inadequate shelter, food, water or sanitation available to refugees.

They are among the more than 300,000 Afghans — 58 percent of whom are under the age of 18 — who have fled their homes due to violence since the beginning of this year alone, according to a tally by the UN’s agency for humanitarian affairs.

Homayoun Ahmadi, Murtaza Ahmadi’s eldest brother, who made him his plastic jersey, says that even in Kabul he is afraid.

“We are worried something bad will happen if they know who Murtaza is,” he said.

Meanwhile, little Murtaza Ahmadi says he misses his ball and jersey from Messi.

“I want them back so I can play,” he said. “I miss Messi. When I meet him, I will say: ‘Salaam’ and ‘How are you?’ Then he will reply saying thank you and be safe, and I will go with him to the pitch where he will play and I will watch him.”

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