Afghan refugee women design EU-BOMNAF bags

As Europe’s refugee crisis captures the world’s attention, the EU-BOMNAF team is contributing its grain of sand to improve the livelihood of Afghan refugees living in Dushanbe. Even if our main work is implemented on Afghanistan’s northern border and at the Border Crossing Points that unite Afghanistan and Tajikistan, we believe that the choices we make as an organization and as citizens, can have a small but relevant impact on the lives of vulnerable communities such as Afghan refugees.

When having to decide on who would be best suited for creating and sewing our new EU-BOMNAF bags, we couldn’t think of a better choice than the six talented Afghan refugee women that work in the needle workshop at the “Refugee Children and Vulnerable Citizens” centre in Dushanbe. The women all came to Tajikistan to escape the war raging in Afghanistan. In the workshop they are able to make a livelihood for themselves and their families. The centre also received financial support from one of our main partners, UNHCR. The beautiful bags crafted by these talented women have met all our expectations, and we are sure they will be well received by the participants of the “Women’s Border Management Awareness Course” organized by EU-BOMNAF to train 26 Afghan Border Policewomen next month.