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LONDON: An Afghan boy has been reunited along with his twin brother in Britain after enduring a yr of being stranded in France.

Obaidullah Jabarkhyl, 11, was separated from his mother and father and siblings throughout the evacuation from Afghanistan after the Taliban took over in August 2021.

The younger boy then spent a yr dwelling in concern in Strasbourg, a French metropolis on the German border, whereas the House Workplace processed his asylum software.

Obaidullah’s wait lastly got here to an finish on Wednesday after he arrived at London’s St. Pancras practice station, the Metro newspaper reported.

His twin brother, Irfanullah, greeted him on the station in Britain’s capital, the place he had been dwelling with their UK-based household.

Arriving on the Eurostar practice station, Obaidullah stated: “I’m drained however blissful.

“I’m most wanting ahead to studying English at college and assembly new associates right here.”

His cousin, Qamar, criticized the federal government delays that saved households separated.

Qamar added that the household’s case being broadly reported together with the help of MP Bob Blackman led to motion being taken.

The 28-year-old British citizen and engineer advised the Metro: “As quickly because the information went viral the House Workplace managed to make a contact on Monday.

“They promised again in March or February to take swift motion and so they didn’t.

“We’re nonetheless grateful for the best way they helped however I feel they need to assist others as a result of there are a lot of different Afghans in the identical scenario, little youngsters dwelling away from residence.”

Qamar stated that Obaidullah was able to “put all of it behind him” and reside a brand new life in Britain.

“When he arrived on the practice Irfanullah cried for him, it was very emotional,” he stated.

“He says he nonetheless doesn’t imagine he’s arrived within the UK. He’s so excited to be right here and he desires to place all of it behind him now.

“When he left Afghanistan he advised me he didn’t really feel any happiness for escaping the Taliban regime as a result of he’d left his household behind.

“Coming right here was the primary time he realized. He was upset that his mother and father are left behind and he might by no means see them once more.”

The household’s lawyer, Nick O’Loughlan, welcomed the House Workplace’s intervention to recuperate the Afghan boy, however warned that household reunion delays are rising.

“House Workplace steering states that selections in household reunion purposes ought to be made inside 12 weeks,” O’Loughlan stated.

“Nevertheless, we’re routinely seeing these purposes take as much as a yr, typically with no purpose in any respect being provided as justification.

“The lengthy delays we’re seeing may be extraordinarily damaging to the psychological well being of candidates, notably to those that are susceptible and are left stranded with out their relations.

“I hope that the House Workplace will acknowledge this and take steps to make sure that their service requirements are upheld.”

A House Workplace spokesperson didn’t reply to this criticism, however advised the Metro: “Obaidullah Jabar Khil has arrived safely within the UK and reunited along with his household.

“We’ve labored intently with the native authority and social companies all through, who will proceed to help Obaidullah and his household.

“Throughout Operation Pitting, we evacuated 15,000 individuals from Kabul and we proceed to do all we are able to to safe secure passage and allow British nationals and eligible Afghans to depart the nation.”

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