Afghan Girl Who Walked To EU Dies In Drink-Drive Crash

Story By: Les Steed, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency:  Newsflash

A teenage refugee who survived threats by the Taliban and then walked to Europe from Afghanistan aged 12 has died in a car accident after getting into a vehicle with a suspected drink-driver in Germany.

The girl, named only by her first name Nilofar because of local privacy laws, was 16 when she died, after having lived in Germany for the last 4 years.

She was killed at the scene after she was thrown from the car, and her father Waisodin, 43, whose surname was also not revealed, said he was devastated at the loss, adding: “My heart is broken.”


Nilofar and her family are refugees who had fled Afghanistan in 2014 after the Taliban threatened them.

The journey took them six months of walking, mostly at night, when she was just 12 years old.

The car rolled off the A661 south of Frankfurt, leaving four other people – the 20-year-old driver, a 28-year-old who was in the front passenger seat, and two 14-year-old girls who were in the back – in a critical condition.


Police reported that neither Nilofar nor the driver were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The 20-year-old, who was allegedly over the limit, turned around while driving, asking for a lighter and pulled the steering wheel as they did so.

Nilofar is believed to have met him just before at a shisha bar.


According to her family, the girl was exceptionally bright and had managed to learn German just six months after arriving in the country.

She wanted to be a teacher.

The police investigation is ongoing.

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