As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan and the Taliban gains control, we watch with horror as panic and desperation spread among ordinary Afghans and especially among groups who will be most vulnerable under Taliban rule, including former U.S. allies, women and girls, and religious and minority groups.
In an effort to address this unfolding tragedy, we invite you to contact the Biden administration to urge them to greatly expand opportunities for Afghans seeking refuge from violence, including through humanitarian aid and particularly through welcoming the most vulnerable Afghans into the United States.
This tragedy follows decades of missteps which have devastated the people of Afghanistan. In 2001, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns helped write and distribute a message in the weeks after the initial U.S. bombing of Afghanistan: “A Catholic Community Responds to the War: Living with Faith and Hope” Twenty years later, the message is still relevant: Only through listening and dialogue, respect for the sanctity of life and all human rights, and an international commitment to overcome the worldwide scandal of poverty will the seeds of peace grow.
Join us in urging the Biden administration to take action to help Afghans fleeing violence and persecution.
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