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At world honest, Afghan emigre wants people to rediscover troubled homeland

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  • Antiques seller shows household assortment at Dubai honest
  • Rescues Afghan exhibition after Taliban takeover
  • Visitors stunned to see something in Afghan pavilion

DUBAI, Oct 14 (Reuters) – An Afghan who fled his nation over 40 years in the past has stepped in to rescue Afghanistan’s exhibition on the Dubai world honest after the Taliban takeover in his homeland in August scuttled official Afghan participation within the mega cultural extravaganza.

The 62-year-old, Vienna-based antiques seller gathered up his household assortment of Afghan artefacts, together with carpets, daggers and jewelry, to fill the Afghan pavilion that had remained shut when Expo 2020 opened on Oct. 1.

“As an Afghan this was a duty for me,” stated Mohammed Omer Rahimy, who for years has taken the household assortment to exhibitions across the world to promote Afghan tradition.

“We feel very happy that Afghanistan’s exhibition is open.”

The tri-colour flag of Afghanistan flutters on the Dubai fairgrounds, whereas the white flag utilized by its new Taliban rulers is absent, symbolic of the challenges dealing with the hardline Islamist motion in gaining worldwide recognition.

Rahimy has lived in Austria since fleeing Afghanistan in 1978 when the then-president was killed in a communist coup that spiralled into many years of nationwide violence and bloodshed.

He and kinfolk becoming a member of him in Dubai paid the price of transporting the artefacts that now comprise the Afghan exhibition, amongst 191 different nations on the six-month world honest.

Images of the Hazrat Ali Mazar mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif and the Band-e Amir National Park in Bamyan Province adorn the partitions of the Afghan pavilion, additionally decked in hand-woven carpets and conventional clothes.

Rahimy stated the exhibition represents all Afghans and hopes the intricate jewelry, daggers, pottery and lamps will train guests in regards to the tradition of his homeland.

“It is in my blood. All those items you see are very precious to me,” he stated, including that he hopes he can convey musicians from Afghanistan to carry out throughout the world honest.

However industrial flights to Afghanistan have been suspended for months due to safety issues. Some guests weren’t anticipating to discover Afghanistan on the Expo.

“I am surprised because of the political situation in Afghanistan,” stated 59-year-old Alka Goyal from Bhopal in India.

Though organisers say the Expo is apolitical, the honest is utilized by governments to promote their nations as vacationer locations, to entice funding and mission delicate energy.

Rahimy’s eyes nicely up with tears when requested in regards to the uncertainty and turmoil dealing with Afghanistan, the place a mounting financial disaster is including to disquiet in regards to the radical Taliban’s return to energy after 20 years.

“I love my people and my country, I hope peace and stability are restored in Afghanistan as soon as possible,” he stated.

Reporting by Alexander Cornwell
Editing by Mark Heinrich

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A visitor looks at a private collection of Afghan artefacts at the Afghanistan Pavilion during the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Visitors are shown looking at a private collection of Afghan artefacts at the Afghanistan Pavilion during the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 12, 2021. Picture taken October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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