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New Zealand turns away pregnant journalist stranded in Afghanistan for a second time


A pregnant New Zealand journalist stranded in Afghanistan has had her application to return home rejected for a second time because of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s strict closed border policy.

Broadcast journalist Charlotte Bellis, 35, repeatedly tried to return home after learning she was pregnant in September last year.

She submitted 59 documents to New Zealand officials in Afghanistan in an attempt to secure an emergency return home, but her bid was turned down and led her to turn to the Taliban for help.

Now, with her third trimester fast approaching, the journalist, has had her application to return home rejected for a second time by the New Zealand authorities. 

Ms Bellis had applied to return home under category 1A(i) of the emergency allocation application which applies to Kiwis requiring access to time-critical medical treatment unavailable or inaccessible at their location.

But New Zealand’s Managed Isolation and Quarantine department advised her that ‘more information…



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