We will not forget the people of Afghanistan.
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During this crisis, the Christian community across Australia united together in support of Afghanistan and Afghan refugees. Micah established the campaign Christians United for Afghanistan that brought together the voices and support of all the major denominational bodies, which collectively represent hundreds of thousands of Australians, including Catholic, Pentecostal, Uniting Church, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, Anglican, Lutheran and more.
Christians united to call upon the Government to:
Welcome Refugees from Afghanistan:
Declare an intake of an additional 20,000 refugees focused on those most at risk from the Taliban (just as the UK and Canada have announced and like Australia did in 2015 for 12,000 refugees from Syria).
WIN! In the 2022-23 Budget Australia announced an additional 16,500 refugee places for vulnerable people from Afghanistan, taking our total commitment to 31,500 places for Afghan refugees across our migration programs.
Protect People from Afghanistan within Australia:
Grant permanent protection to all people from Afghanistan in Australia on temporary protection visas or currently awaiting application outcomes.
[Note: Micah is continuing to advocate for permanent protection for all refugees in Australia currently on temporary protection visas]
Reunite Refugee Families:
Make immediate arrangements to bring the families of refugees from Afghanistan to Australia.
Support through Humanitarian Aid:
Provide additional emergency and long-term support through reputable NGOs and organisations working in the region.
As followers of Jesus, our advocacy for refugees is motivated by our belief that we are called to live generously, providing for the needs of our neighbours regardless of differences and caring for the stranger. We see a beautiful example of this through the story of the Good Samaritan, likewise God calls us to care for our neighbours in the same way. In Isaiah, we see that we are asked ‘to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter’.
Join us in calling for A Safer World for All
Before the election, we are calling on Australia’s political parties to help make a safer world for all by opening our doors to people fleeing conflict and providing life-saving aid for those who stay.