A group of civil society activists has urged world leaders and citizens to speak out and find measures to protect those in Afghanistan who are in severe need.
They claimed in a statement that the unpredictable political climate in Afghanistan had scarred them.
Journalists, educators, women, children, human rights workers, and anyone who have committed the previous two decades to propagating liberal principles in Afghanistan have been under danger since the Taliban’s hardline Islamic organisation took control of Kabul, they said in a statement.
“Global leaders and citizens throughout the world have a responsibility to speak out and find solutions to secure the safety of those in desperate need during this tremendously difficult period for the Afghan people. The devastating photos of ordinary Afghani people, particularly women and children, that have been circulating across the world speak of our collective failure,” the statement adds.
They have called to the government of Nepal, as the SAARC Chair, to convene an emergency regional consultation to address the humanitarian and security concerns of Afghan citizens and potential refugees.
Nepal must be prepared to provide asylum to individuals fleeing Afghanistan, regardless of their faith or gender, if necessary. Other countries must promptly look into methods to assist the Afghan people in every manner they can, they urged.
We, the citizens of Nepal, have been traumatized by the chaotic political situation in Afghanistan. Since the radical Islamic force of the Taliban took over Kabul the life and safety of journalists, educators, women, children, human rights workers and individuals who have dedicated the past two decades to propagate liberal values in Afghanistan have been on the line.
In this extremely difficult time for the Afghan people, global leaders and citizens around the world have the responsibility to speak out and find ways to ensure the safety of those in desperate need. The traumatic images of ordinary Afghani people, especially women and children, circulating around the world speak of our collective failure.
Progressive and liberal Afghanis need our moral, economic, political and security support. The world cannot ignore the pleas of help from the women, children and young people of Afghanistan. They have absolutely no hand in terrorism of any kind.
As the Chair of the SAARC, we appeal to the government of Nepal to initiate an emergency regional consultation to address the humanitarian and security issues of Afghan citizens and prospective refugees. If necessary, Nepal must be prepared to give asylum to those fleeing Afghanistan irrespective of their religion and gender. Other countries must also urgently explore ways to help the people of Afghanistan in whatever way they can.
Therefore, we urge all regional allies and the international community to stand in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.
On behalf of the Nepali Citizens:
Jagannath Lamichhane Sooraj Ray
Prem Sapkota Shusma Baraili
Shivanath Yadav Dawa Lhomu Sherpa
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