Afghan asylum requests to France
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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the number of Afghans who applied for asylum in France in 2020. There’s a birthday tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, news from listeners, “Ollia’s Happy Moment”, “Music from Erwan” - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy!
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This week’s quiz: On 4 September, I asked you a question about French President Emmanuel Macron’s meetings with the Taliban. Macron denied that the talks were a sign of recognition of the group, saying, and I quote from my colleague Amanda Morrow’s article: “Let’s be clear: it is the Taliban who are in control of Kabul. In an operational, practical way, we must have these discussions. The talks come with the condition the Taliban respect humanitarian law, the rights of women, and that they do not collude with regional terrorist groups.”
I asked you to send me the answer to this question: how many Afghans applied for asylum in France in 2020?
The answer is: As you read in Amanda’s article: “over 10,000”. There’s a debate about the exact figure, all from highly respected sources: some say 10,191 and others say 8,886 - but you were to refer to Amanda’s article for the answer, so “over 10,000” is the correct answer to this week’s quiz.
The winners are: Raihan Ali, who is a member of the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh, and Muhammad Shamim, the president of the Golden Eagles RFI Club in Keralam State, India. There are two RFI Listeners Club members on the list of lucky winners this week: Helmut Matt from Herbolzheim, Germany, and Bernard Egbe from Abuja, Nigeria. Last but not least, faithful RFI English listener Ismail Khan Sahta from Rajasthan, India.
Here’s the music you heard on this week’s programme: “Ragupati Raghav Raja Ram”, a traditional Hindu devotional song arranged by Vaishnava Janato, performed on the flute by Rajesh Maji; Idem, but Ravi Shankar added to the arrangements, and joined the Wren Orchestra conducted by George Fenton; The Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble performing the traditional Afghan song “Naghmadokhana”; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “Qasida Burda Shareef (Maula Ya Salli)”, a traditional Pakistani Sufi song performed by Dur e Adan and Ambareen; “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, and “Lilith” by the singer/songwriter Melissa Laveaux.
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