Taliban helps pregnant New Zealand journalist to return home

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Taliban agreed to give Bellis safe heaven when her home country had rejected her due to border issues amid COVID-19.
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Charlotte Bellis, a pregnant New Zealand journalist has sought approval to return home. She was refused by her home country to be offered a return ticket while Bellis was pregnant and was suffering. She applied for a room in the military-controlled quarantine hotel but was rejected 59 times. She went to Qatar and Belgium, but could not stay there for long because of laws and citizenship issues. Afterward, she requested the Taliban in Afghanistan to help her, whom she had been criticizing for suppressing women and girls. Taliban agreed to give Bellis safe heaven when her home country had rejected her due to border issues amid COVID-19. However, now Bellis has been given a room voucher to return home after the New Zealand government faced criticism.

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Bellis said that it will be a special moment for her to give birth to her first child, having her beloved ones around. She said, “I will be returning to my home country New Zealand at the beginning of March to give birth to our baby girl. We are so excited to return home and be surrounded by family and friends at such a special time”. Moreover, she added that she will keep on criticizing the New Zealand government for not managing border issues effectively. On the other side, the Taliban have agreed to allow girls education. Western countries are criticizing the Afghan Taliban for human rights and suppressing women, but Bellis case proves otherwise.

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