High school students in Cottbus are campaigning to save three new Afghan classmates from deportation. They say their new friends have become a "big part of our school community," and could be killed by Taliban back home.
German high school students are fighting to keep their new Afghan classmates. The Waldorf school in the eastern city of Cottbus is trying to raise money to fight the legal case of the three Afghan teenagers, who say they will face forced recruitment to the Taliban, or death, back home.
"We're campaigning TOGETHER for our classmates, who have become a big part of our school community, and we can't just let them go," said the school's online petition, which has gathered nearly 50,000 signatures and is addressed to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and the Brandenburg state parliament. They said the school had "helped [the Afghans] to integrate, find friends and build themselves a new, dignified life."
The three boys, named Wali, Nik Mohammad and Noorodin in a local newspaper report, all aged 19, have been attending the Waldorf school in Cottbus for a year along with four other Afghan refugees, though they have lived in Germany much longer.