The UK has paused its scholarship program for Afghan students

There will now be no scholarship opportunities for Afghan students from next month, according to the UK government.

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Students from around the world can study in the UK for their master's degree thanks to Chevening Scholarships.

According to the Foreign Office, the situation in Afghanistan means the British Embassy there will not be ready in time.

Conservative former cabinet ministers have condemned the decision.

During a meeting with UK embassy staff about deferment of their places, scholarship students were crying and some suffered panic attacks, according to one of the scholarship students, Naimatullah Zafary.

"I can't sleep," he said. "You are taking away what we need at the most critical time."

A Chevening Scholarship is a prestigious and highly competitive scholarship funded by the Foreign Office.

The embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, has informed Afghan students who have been awarded places that they will not be able to fill out paperwork for the upcoming academic year.

The number of Afghans affected by the disease is 35, and under half of them are women, according to Mr. Zafary.

Afghanistan continues to be seized by the Taliban after the withdrawal of US and foreign troops following 20 years of war.

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