Afghan refugee who fled the Taliban with just a backpack graduated from UK university with a master’s degree

  • 25 days ago
Credit: SWNS / Naimat Zafary

A refugee who fled the Taliban in Afghanistan on a plane with just a backpack has graduated a UK university with a master’s degree.

Naimat Zafary, 37, graduated from Sussex University with a merit in Governance, Development and Public Policy this week.

He was forced to flee his home in Kabul, Afghanistan, when the Taliban took over in August 2021.

Naimat was evacuated by British troops with his wife, Saima, 30, and four children in August 2021.

The family took just a backpack each - containing food, water and a change of clothes.

After spending four months in a hotel in London, the Home Office arranged a permanent move to Hove, East Sussex, in December 2021.