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Six members of the Afghani Invictus fail to depart Australia

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Six members of the Afghani Invictus fail to depart Australia

MORE than half of the Afghan athletes who travelled to Sydney for the Invictus Games have failed to depart the country amid fears they may be killed if they return home.

Five athletes and one official did not arrive at the city’s airport to fly home with the rest of the team on Sunday.

Their whereabouts are currently unknown but a volunteer who assisted the Afghanistan team during the competition believes they plan to formally seek asylum.

“One of them actually said when he came and saw the people here - basically it was his first time coming out of the country, being in a safe and peaceful environment - that totally changed his perceptions,” Mirwais Ramaki told the Australian broadcaster SBS.

“They never actually had the intention to stay, they planned to go back, but these 10 days actually changed them.

Source: Google Australia | Netizen 24 Australia

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