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According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), there are currently 180 registered refugees in the Madagascar, mainly from Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

There are an additional 109 asylum seekers in the country, according to the agency. The UN has said the Malagasy government, which is emerging from years of political crisis, offers refugees and asylum seekers protection from expulsion or forced return to their home countries, but has no law to provide them with social support, work authorisation, or healthcare.

“We can’t go back, but we can’t stay here. So what do we do? We are stuck in the middle of nowhere,” an asylum seeker laments to Aljazeera.

According to Aljazeera, Madagascar remains woefully underdeveloped as it emerges from years of political crisis and allegations of corruption. More than 77 percent of the population lives in poverty and devastating natural disasters    are common. The refugees said they had all applied to be relocated to the US in 2019, but have heard nothing since. Their cases, they feared, have been forgotten in light of crises both global and local.

While they wait, the Afghan refugees in Madagascar said symptoms of depression and anxiety are common – and the daily misery they live under has already claimed one life. On his phone, 22-year-old Abdullah pulled up his sister in law’s death certificate, printed in Malagasy.

“She was a doctor [in Afghanistan] … In Madagascar, she had no money. She was not able to feed her one-year-old child,” he said. “Her husband – my brother – was going to search for work, but he could not find anything.

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