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Fearing their homeland, Afghan asylum seekers find refuge in Brussels church

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A tent is illuminated as Afghan asylum seekers camp inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A tent is illuminated as Afghan asylum seekers camp inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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The Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage which is occupied by Afghan asylum seekers is seen in central Brussels February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage which is occupied by Afghan asylum seekers is seen in central Brussels February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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An asylum seeker from Afghanistan rests in his tent inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

An asylum seeker from Afghanistan rests in his tent inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Afghan asylum seekers sleep inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Afghan asylum seekers sleep inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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An asylum seeker from Afghanistan sleeps amongst tents inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

An asylum seeker from Afghanistan sleeps amongst tents inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Laundry hangs to dry as Afghan asylum seekers camp inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Laundry hangs to dry as Afghan asylum seekers camp inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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An Afghan asylum seeker wakes up near a stove after a night inside a tent at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

An Afghan asylum seeker wakes up near a stove after a night inside a tent at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Afghan asylum seekers wash themselves in the toilets of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Afghan asylum seekers wash themselves in the toilets of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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An Afghan asylum seeker walks past tents set up in the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

An Afghan asylum seeker walks past tents set up in the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Afghan asylum seekers eat breakfast after a night inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Afghan asylum seekers eat breakfast after a night inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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An Afghan woman washes dishes in the toilet of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels, which is occupied by asylum seekers, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

An Afghan woman washes dishes in the toilet of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels, which is occupied by asylum seekers, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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An Afghan woman and her child wait in the toilets of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

An Afghan woman and her child wait in the toilets of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Khatera Shams from Kabul, Afghanistan, consoles her daughter Hadia, 5, as they sit in a tent at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Khatera Shams from Kabul, Afghanistan, consoles her daughter Hadia, 5, as they sit in a tent at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Farzaneh Jafali from Herat, Afghanistan, throws garbage outside a makeshift tent at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Farzaneh Jafali from Herat, Afghanistan, throws garbage outside a makeshift tent at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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An asylum seeker from the Surkh Rod district of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan, who declined to give his name and said he was injured by the Taliban during his detention, shows his wounded hands at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

An asylum seeker from the Surkh Rod district of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan, who declined to give his name and said he was injured by the Taliban during his detention, shows his wounded hands at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Abdul Khaleq from Herat, Afghanistan, displays a picture of himself taken in Afghanistan, at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Abdul Khaleq from Herat, Afghanistan, displays a picture of himself taken in Afghanistan, at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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An Afghan asylum seeker yawns outside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

An Afghan asylum seeker yawns outside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Abdul Khaleq Homai, 51, from Herat, Afghanistan poses inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Abdul Khaleq Homai, 51, from Herat, Afghanistan poses inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Children play inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels, which is occupied by Afghan asylum seekers, January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Children play inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels, which is occupied by Afghan asylum seekers, January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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An asylum seeker from Afghanistan sits near tents at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

An asylum seeker from Afghanistan sits near tents at the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Hadiha Homahi, 8, from Afghanistan, displays her drawing inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Hadiha Homahi, 8, from Afghanistan, displays her drawing inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Sikh men from Afghanistan sit on their beds inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 7, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Sikh men from Afghanistan sit on their beds inside the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in central Brussels January 7, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and Primate of Belgium Andre-Joseph Leonard (R) meets Afghan asylum seekers at the abbey of Affligem during their march from Brussels to Ghent, to protest against Belgium's refusal to grant them residency papers, January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and Primate of Belgium Andre-Joseph Leonard (R) meets Afghan asylum seekers at the abbey of Affligem during their march from Brussels to Ghent, to protest against Belgium's refusal to grant them residency papers, January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Afghan asylum seekers queue outside the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons in central Brussels January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Afghan asylum seekers queue outside the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons in central Brussels January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Belgian priest Jean-Mathieu Lochten (C) conducts a religious service in a chapel of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in Brussels February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Belgian priest Jean-Mathieu Lochten (C) conducts a religious service in a chapel of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Beguinage in Brussels February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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