What you need to know...

In April 2021, President Joe Biden announced full US army withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31st, 2021. This commitment followed the Doha agreement brokered during Trump’s presidency in February 2020, between the US and the Taliban. Under it, 5000 Taliban prisoners were freed (more have been released since Doha) and UN sanctions against the Taliban were eased. The conditions of this agreement were violated by the Taliban on multiple occasions.

The corrupt and unstable Afghan government (imposed by the US) failed to protect Afghanistan following US and NATO withdrawal. Key Afghan leaders left the country, including President Ashraf Ghani, who abandoned Afghanistan on August 15th. The Taliban captured Kabul on that same day.

Since the Taliban offensive began by capturing rural provinces first and then pressed its way into the province of Kabul, people fled their homes in provinces that were taken earlier on, for the Capital. This resulted in a surge in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country.

 

The following needs to be done to help Afghan civilians (more on each of these in the following sections):

Ensure that the basic necessities of IDPs in Afghanistan are being provided (not that they don’t deserve more than basic needs, but the world has failed them so badly that their survival isn’t guaranteed without aid).

 

Help evacuate high-risk individuals and their families, and demand your country halts all deportations to Afghanistan. 

In the event of emergencies such as this one, the main priority is always to reduce avoidable deaths and to mitigate harm as much as possible. Direct your energy to helping people on the ground.

 

There are currently efforts by the Afghan diaspora to hold governments accountable, increase awareness, strengthen community care, and mobilize the international community. Join our calls to action and amplify Afghans voices. Go to the Act page for petitions, call scripts, and other concrete ways you can help. 

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