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Afghan refugee children in S.Korea welcome new life away from battle, restrictions

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SEOUL, Oct 13 (Reuters) – For one younger Afghan refugee woman, her new house in South Korea has already introduced easy freedoms she would in any other case be denied.

“In Afghanistan, you can’t do activities as freely as men do, and it’s satisfying to do Taekwondo without a hijab in Korea right now,” the woman informed reporters after a Taekwondo class on Wednesday.

She is one in every of practically 400 Afghan evacuees who arrived in Seoul in August underneath a particular programme that goals to grant long-term residency to Afghans and their households who offered particular service to South Korea.

Along with different refugees who spoke to reporters, the woman was not recognized by age or title underneath an settlement with South Korean authorities officers.

The Ministry of Justice stated it was giving the refugees Korean language courses as a part of a “Social Integration Program,” and all had acquired alien registration playing cards.

They have been at the moment residing in processing amenities, officers stated.

“Most of my experience living in Afghanistan so far has been war, and when I listened to the history I heard from my parents, I only heard about war,” one boy on the Taekwondo class informed reporters. “Now, life in Korea is stable and I am enjoying life.”

Reporting by Josh Smith, extra reporting by Sunghyuk An; modifying by Jane Wardell

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Family members of some 390 Afghans, who were airlifted from Kabul to South Korea as

Family members of some 390 Afghans, who were airlifted from Kabul to South Korea as

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