At the start of 2021, half the population of Afghanistan—including more than 4 million women and nearly 10 million children—already needed humanitarian assistance. More than 500,000 people have been displaced since the end of May, and those numbers continue to rise. Thousands of people who have worked as interpreters, translators, and in other capacities alongside the United States military, government personnel, and contractors over the past twenty years, including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, find themselves and their families in danger. USCCB staff, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities, and others are working to ensure safe passage for as many evacuees as possible, including assisting up to 30,000 people with resettlement in the United States.
The United States must remain committed to the people of Afghanistan and continue to support credible, accountable humanitarian efforts that benefit these millions of vulnerable people.
Bishop chairmen of the Committee on Migration and the Committee on International Justice and Peace urged prayer and support for the Afghan people and refugees in their recent statement. “We know that time is of the essence to help our brothers and sisters in need, and we call on our government to act with the utmost urgency, considering all available avenues to preserve life.”
Take action now to urge Congress, in discussions with the Administration, to ensure that robust and flexible funding be provided through respected and credible organizations with experience in Afghanistan. We must help people who remain in Afghanistan and Afghans being resettled. If possible, be sure to include a short personal story to increase the effectiveness of your message.