Afghanistan's fall to the Taleban adds to asylum seeker's ordeal in Indonesia

Asylum seeker Sitari Panahi and her son outside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in Jakarta.
Asylum seeker Sitari Panahi and her son outside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in Jakarta.PHOTO: COURTESY OF SITARI PANAHI

JAKARTA - Asylum seeker Sitari Panahi lost contact with her parents and her brother last week, when the Taleban insurgents stormed through Afghanistan and captured, among others, the central province of Daykundi, where the family's home town is situated.

"Taleban coming. My brother went out. I spoke to my mother. One day, two days, my brother has not come back," Ms Sitari told The Straits Times on the phone from Bogor, one-hour's drive from Jakarta.

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