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Western Bishops’ Conferences Call On Government To Help Afghan Refugees

Afghans are fleeing their country seeking for a more peaceful life.

Western Bishops’ Conferences are calling on their respective governments to assist Afghans leaving their country and accept them into their countries.

US Bishop Mario Dorsonville and Bishop David Malloy, chairs of the Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)’s Committees on Migration and on International Justice and Peace issued a statement calling on the US government to “act with the utmost urgency, considering all avenues to preserve life.” They added that they are concerned for the safety of people in Afghanistan especially women and girls whose opportunities are at risk of being stolen from them.

For the past few weeks, staff from the USCCB, Catholic Charities, and other partners have been at Fort Lee in Virginia, assisting the U.S. government in the welcoming and resettlement of SIV applicants and their families,” they said in their statement. (Read: Pope Francis Asks Public To Pray For Afghanistan)

Red Cross volunteers talk with Afghan nationals upon their arrival at the Torrejon de Ardoz air base, Spain. (Photo from Belen Diaz/AFP/Getty Images/The Guardian)

“We will continue that work as long as necessary until those who are in harm’s way are brought to safety.”

Humanitarian Crisis

The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has been worsening over the days, after the Taliban had taken over the country’s capital, Kabul. After 20 years, the militants are once again ruling the country, and the Afghan president has fled his country and left his people.

As the crisis grows, Afghans are fearing more and more for their lives–especially women and girls, whose lives and safety are threatened as the Taliban are known to discriminate and abuse women. (Read: Prayer For Peace)

With this threat to their lives, many Afghans are leaving their country to seek a safer and better life for them and their loved ones.

‘Outraged by widespread suffering’

An Afghan national at a gathering to urge the international community to help Afghan refugees, in New Delhi on August 18 (Photo from Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters/Al Jazeera)

Bishop Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German Bishops Conference says he is “outraged by the widespread suffering and helplessness of those whose future is being stolen from them.” He says that the takeover of the Taliban is a ‘disastrous defeat’ for the US and its allies.

The bishop also insisted that western countries must help in evacuating Afghans and accept refugees, most especially those who helped their troops and international aid organizations during the 20-year period.

Bishop Bätzing, just like Bishops Dorsonville and Malloy, also call on the international community to pray for the people of Afghanistan, and that peace in the country be restored through non-violent means.

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