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Voice of America 11 Mar 2020

Thousands of Afghan Refugees Fleeing Coronavirus Outbreak in Iran


The United Nations International Organization for Migration reports that over 83,000 Afghans have returned to Afghanistan from Iran since January 1st of this year; a significant rise primarily caused by the fear of the quickly spreading coronavirus in Iran. VOA's Khalil Noorzai files this report from Herat, Afghanistan narrated by Bezhan Hamdard

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