Canada Doing What It Can To Bring Thousands of Afghanistan Refugees To Safety
August 23, 2021Ottawa is pledging to resettle 20,000 Afghan refugees threatened by the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban. “Offering refuge to the world’s most vulnerable speaks to who we are as Canadians, particularly in times of crisis,” said Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. “As more Afghan refugees continue to seek shelter in Canada, we’re redoubling our efforts to help 20,000 Afghans refugees – who remain vulnerable wherever they go – find safety here. The situation in Afghanistan is heartbreaking, and Canada will not stand idly by.” Canada has been out of the region for seven years. But the United States only pulled out its troops from Bagram Airfield, the centre of its military operations in the country, in July.
Afghans Desperate To Flee Country Escape In Crowded PlanesSince then, thousands of Afghans have been trying desperately to leave the country. The United States has airlifted cargo planes jam-packed with Afghans as many fled the country. Now that the Taliban has taken over the government, many more are still in the war-torn country, trying to leave and frightened that the Taliban will fail to keep its promise of peace and attack them. “Canadians are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan,” said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. “People around the world know they can count on Canada to support them in times of need, and Canada will be there for vulnerable Afghans. Women leaders, human rights defenders, journalists, religious minorities, LGBTI individuals, and others covered by this program will be safe here in Canada, and I look forward to welcoming them to our country.” Last month, Canada offered to take in Afghani interpreters who worked with the Canadian Armed Forces and also cooks, drivers, cleaners, construction workers, security guards and other staff who worked at the Canada Embassy in Afghanistan and their family members. Read more