Pregnant Woman Denied Re- Entry to New Zealand and Taliban Offers Refuge
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Pregnant Woman Denied Re- Entry to New Zealand and Taliban Offers Refuge

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It was reported that Charlotte Bellis had been working for Al Jazeera in Afghanistan, but she said she didn’t realize she was pregnant until she was at the media company’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar.

Charlotte Bellies told Radio New Zealand on  Sunday that “this just feels like such a breach of trust”.

In Qatar, it is illegal to be pregnant and unmarried, according to the report, Bellies kept her pregnancy secret as she prepared to return to New Zealand.

Upon being told she did not qualify for an exemption under New Zealand’s strict Covid border controls Bellies said she called senior Taliban contacts and was told she could give birth there.

According to what she said in an interview that the Taliban told her, “we’re happy for you, you can come and you won’t have a problem.”

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They also stated further, “Don’t worry. Everything will be fine, “she told the New Zealand Herald.

“In my time of need, the New Zealand Government said you’re not welcome here.

” When the Taliban offers you – a pregnant, unmarried woman – a safe haven, you know your situation is messed up”.

As it was gathered, Bellis who once questioned the Taliban about what they would do to ensure the rights of women and girls, said it was “brutally ironic” she now direct the same question to her government.

As it was reported that Bellis said she has been contacted by New Zealand officials who said her rejected application was under review after going public with her situation.

Chris Hipkins the government”s Covid Response Minister said in a statement that was reported that he had asked officials to check whether the proper procedures had been followed in Bellis’s case, “which appeared at first sight to warrant further explanation”.

New Zealand recently scrapped plans to ease entry for returning nationals and instead closed its borders except for emergency cases to anyone without an existing quarantine booking due to an outbreak of the omicron variant.






















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