Why British Afghans have fears for their homeland's future

“I have experienced losses because of the war. Three of my cousins were killed in explosions and my brother was abducted.”

Hamid Khan was 21 when he came to the UK from Afghanistan about eight years ago. He feels the situation there is “getting worse and worse”.

The recent elections were “a failure” according to Hamid – with people afraid to vote due to violence.

And you can’t blame them: an average of 74 men, women and children were killed every day in August. The total number of dead stood at 2,307 by the end of the month.

It’s now 18 years since US-led forces ousted the Taliban in the country in 2001 – making it the longest war in US history. Radio 1 Newsbeat has been finding out what hopes British Afghans have for their homeland.

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