Their first step to safety starts with you

Two months after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the situation for those trapped in the country - or who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries - continues to deteriorate. 

Reports of murder and other violence from within the nation brutally illustrate that people left behind under Taliban rule are in extreme danger. 

And this crisis is just beginning 

RCOA immediately swung into action with emergency advocacy at the highest level. We are calling on the Australian Government to take seven urgent steps including providing 20,000 additional refugee visas to help save people at risk in Afghanistan.  

We are all doing all we can with the resources we have. 

But we need to do more. That will only be possible with help from Australians like you

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Those left behind under Taliban rule are in extreme danger, including women and girls, racial and religious minorities, and those who helped soldiers of countries such as our own.  

There are also now thousands of refugees in neighbouring countries, in dire need of food, clothing and shelter. 

Australia, along with other Western nations, has a direct responsibility to respond to this crisis because of our 20-year military involvement in Afghanistan. 

We need to pitch in together to ensure a future for these people who are now part of the largest refugee crisis in the Asia-Pacific region. 

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Najeeba Wazefadost was just 10 years old when her parents took her and her siblings and fled their family home in Afghanistan, the last time the Taliban was in power. 

Najeeba and her family travelled by sea to Australia in 2000, and after months in immigration detention Najeeba and her family were recognised as refugees. Now president of Hazara Women of Australia, and Executive Director of Asia Pacific Network of Refugees, Najeeba continues to hear reports of the same torture and trauma her family fled years ago. 

“Women are saying to us that before they die at the hands of the Taliban, their kids might die of starvation,” Najeeba says. “I think of those women who are worried for their daughters being raped. I look at my daughter and imagine what they must be going through” 

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In the hours following the fall of Kabul, RCOA swung into action with emergency advocacy. With your help, we can continue and expand this critical work:  

  • Creating recommendations for the Australian government and rallying over 300 organisations, community and business groups to sign onto them.  

  • Participating as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Panel on Australia’s Resettlement to Afghan Nationals and advocating directly to Immigration Minister Alex Hawke and Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Jason Wood, and other senior officials. 

  • Contributing funds to support both the National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group and the Asia Pacific Network of Refugees 

  • Producing numerous policy documents and reports to support our advocacy. 

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