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Female Pilot ‘Not Ready To Return Home’
Nilofar Rahmani said she does not feel comfortable or secure working in Afghanistan and her male colleagues treat her badly and insult her. According to the New York Times she said due to the deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan she is not willing to return home and work as a pilot.
“The situation is not improving in Afghanistan but is getting worse,” Rahmani said. According to U.S media reports Rahmani applied this summer for asylum. Rahmani said she does not feel comfortable or secure working in Afghanistan and her male colleagues treat her badly and insult her.
Rahmani was supposed to return home after 15 months of training last week but she has said to her trainers she still wants to be a pilot but not for Afghanistan and instead wants to fly for the U.S air force. The pilots claim their salaries are only 20,000 Afs a month, which does not go far, as they still have to pay for their own accommodation. They have also complained about the unappetizing food they get. One pilot said that in Helmand, they are given a piece of bread, cold fries and burned meat for lunch.