These refugees are some of the 600,000 Afghans Pakistan has driven out of the country since mid-2016. It’s unlawful for Pakistan to force refugees home against their will, and that includes making life so difficult that they feel they have no choice but to leave. The police would raid your houses whenever they wished. “You’re terrorists,” they’d say. They used the word “terrorist” for refugees, calling us terrorists. We are not terrorists. We came here during the war with “Soviet Union” and have lived here for 40 years. Now you’re calling us terrorists? Now we’ve become terrorists? Pakistan has used various means to coerce out these refugees, including making their legal status more and more insecure, threatening to deport them in the middle of winter, and widespread police abuses, including crippling daily extortion that has made life impossible for refugees in Pakistan. Pakistan has made us so upset, we are fed up with our lives. You couldn’t work, couldn’t get a job, if you earn a little, the police would take it from you. Pakistan has put significant pressure on the UN refugee agency to support these returns. In response, the UN has handed out significant amounts of cash to each and every returning refugee, , and has remained publicly silent about the unlawful nature of these forced returns. Pakistan’s forced return of these refugees couldn’t have come at a worse time, with Afghanistan facing record levels of violence since 2009, and a humanitarian crisis that has displaced 1.5 million Afghans inside their own country. I know that the situation in Kunduz [Afghanistan] is very bad. There are wars. People don’t have water and food or a place to stay. But we’re forced to go there. The UN refugee agency should be calling on the Pakistani authorities to end the abuses, and to protect, not drive out, refugees.