According to the Refugee Advice & Casework Service, as of July 2021, there were are 4,427 people in Australia from Afghanistan recognised as refugees, who have only been given temporary protection visas. The government policies that only afford temporary protection visas to many refugees and deny them the right to family reunion cause immense harm and suffering, rendering those people powerless and unable to find protection.
This is why it’s important to stand in solidarity with Afghans by writing to our government officials to let them know we support them taking action.
This could include increasing the intake of refugees from Afghanistan in light of recent events and resettlement for those who assisted Australian forces in the past, as well as women and activists who face heightened threat under the Taliban rule.
The Australian Centre for International Justice has compiled an incredible, comprehensive letter template that you can copy and paste to email to your elected official. Find that template here. If you don’t know who your local member is, you can find out here.
Times are tough for many right now. If you have the means to donate money, these are just a few of the organisations helping people on the ground and those seeking asylum.
- Mahboba’s Promise: An Australian aid organisation that establishes schools, shelters and health clinics across Afghanistan and provides sponsorships to women in need.
- Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS): An organisation that provides critical free legal advice, assistance and representation, for financially disadvantaged and vulnerable people seeking asylum in Australia.
- Afghan Australia Development Organisation (AADO): s
- International Rescue Committee (IRC): Responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are devastated by conflict and disaster by providing support on the ground.