Afghanistan's 'Little Messi' flees home after Taliban threats, says family


< number course= "media-landscape has-caption full-width lead "> A young Afghan boy that was made famous online for his commitment to footballer Lionel Messi has actually been forced to flee his residence for the 2nd time.

Murtaza Ahmadi, currently aged 7, went viral in 2016 after being photographed putting on a homemade Messi tee shirt, made out of a plastic bag.He later satisfied his hero in Qatar.

His family claim they have actually currently abandoned their residence in Afghanistan, after receiving risks from the Taliban.They were staying in

the south-eastern Ghazni province-which militants have actually been targeting-and have left to the funding, Kabul. They previously looked for temporary haven in Pakistan [1]. in 2016, yet returned when they lacked money, according to AFP information firm. The makeshift t shirt Murtaza was five years of ages

when he used a plastic-bag t-shirt in the white-and-blue colours of the Argentine nationwide team, which Messi captains. It had the player’s number 10 made use of the front with a marker pen.

Media playback is unsupported on your gadget After a picture was shared widely on socials media, people asked for him to be found so Messi might react.

When the kid’s name was launched, the player sent him a bundle – consisting of a signed tee shirt – by means of the children’s charity Unicef, which he helps as an ambassador.

Murtaza was later welcomed to meet Messi when the Barcelona celebrity played a pleasant in Doha in late 2016. The young follower strolled on to the pitch with his idol.

The Taliban dangers

However, his household say they are afraid the fame has made him a Taliban target.

“Regional strongmen were calling as well as stating, ‘You have prospered, pay the loan you have actually gotten from Messi or we will take your boy’,” his mommy, Shafiqa, informed AFP.She claimed were not able to take any one of their personal belongings – including the valuable t-shirt – when after that left their house in the center of the evening after hearing gunshots.

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A home under siege Murtaza’s family members become part of the Shia-denominated Hazara ethnic group, which has been targeted by the Sunni Taliban.The Ghazni location continues to be under state control, but it is taken into consideration to be of calculated value in the conflict between the government and also the Taliban. The hard-line Islamic

group released a major assault on the area in August and also restored their initiatives in November, requiring countless citizens to leave. Numerous individuals -civilians, soldiers, and also insurgents-were killed in the episode of physical violence. Murtaza’s 17-year-old sibling,

Humayoon, told Efe news company that they had not been able to send him to school for the past two years as well as they do not let him play in the road.” I miss Messi,”Murtaza said, when AFP found him in Kabul

. He said he really hopes to fulfill him once again someday.” When I meet him, I will state,’Salaam ‘and’ Just how are you?’ After that he will reply

stating thank you and be safe, and also I will opt for him to the pitch where he will certainly play and also I will certainly enjoy him.” Media playback is in need of support on your device References ^ They previously sought short-term sanctuary in Pakistan( BBC Sport – Football