Very surprising as Afghan evacuees refused to return home.

Surfing on wifi and enjoying free meals in comfortable town houses in Qatar, Afghans who fled their country have shrugged off the Taliban’s claims they are living in miserable conditions.

Despite an uncertain future, the Afghans of Doha’s Park View Villas insist there is no way they will go back to their homeland under the Islamist hardliners, no matter what the new rulers say.

Since August, more than 75,000 Afghans have passed through the Gulf emirate that brokered a peace deal between the Taliban and the United States and remains a key intermediary in the Taliban’s difficult links to the outside world.

One hundred Afghans are now at Park View, a compound built to house officials for this year’s football World Cup.

Two hundred others were moved this week to a nearby US camp for processing to be relocated to the United States.

The villas opened following criticism of facilities at an emergency camp on a US military base after the tidal wave of evacuations started.

The compound’s streets resemble a quiet US neighbourhood.

Its weekly dance party was buzzing after Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid declared on Sunday (Feb 27) that the Taliban believed thousands of Afghans were living in very bad conditions in Qatar and Turkey.

I can walk here. I feel safe, Thamina Heerawie, 22, told AFP during a break from volunteer work at the Park View nursery school, a rowdy focal point of compound life.

The situation here is much better than being at home and suffering over your dark future in Afghanistan.

She said she would definitely go back to Afghanistan if the Taliban were not ruling.

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