Afghan ‘Messi boy’ pushed to flee home

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KABUL (Reuters) – Family members of the Afghan boy who gained brief Internet fame after being photographed in a shirt improvised from your plastic bag while in the colors of his hero, Argentine soccer idol Lionel Messi, continues to be made to flee his home right after a Taliban attack.

Murtaza Ahmadi, now aged 7, grabbed world headlines couple of years ago when his brother made him a shirt from a blue and white plastic bag, with Messi's name and number 10 playing number.

His sudden fame won him a party along with his hero but caused destruction of his family, people in the Hazara ethnic minority from Jaghori district in the central province of Ghazni.

"Murtaza became famous world wide and we are incapable of walk free and go anywhere. Murtaza and my other children were not able to to venture to school," his mother Shafiqa Ahmadi said in your house in Kabul where parents are staying.

"In the evening suspected men were walking near our family of course, if the Taliban attacked our village we chosen to leave."

Ghazni, about two hours drive south of the capital Kabul, has been the scene of intense fighting this current year. The Taliban briefly overran Ghazni city in August there is heavy fighting in Jaghori, forcing thousands to emerge from.

"The safety situation is just not good and I am afraid to visit outside," Murtaza said. "I’m going to donrrrt footballer like Messi and i also strive to be capable of going to university."

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