VIDEO: Afghanistan by Choice


In our ongoing series of bringing the New York Times immigration-focused op-docs to our readers, this is a particularly emotional op-doc that tells the story of several Afghan nationals who are faced with the heart wrenching decision of whether to leave their homeland or “motherland” as one Afghan put it.

Often the media portrays refugees in this global migration crisis as “the other” trying to get in, dehumanizing the people behind the numbers. “Because of a common narrative that Afghans are moving for economic reasons, countries have closed their borders to these refugees specifically,” Alexandria Bombach, the director of this op-doc explains.

She very beautifully brings empathy and nuance to the complexities of this innately human choice.

Watch the op-doc:

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