Joshua Low and Yan Chen report on the responses and actions of local Oxford and Oxfordshire leaders, charities, and residents in the face of the evolving situation in Afghanistan.
In light of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, representatives of Oxfordshire MPs, councillors, Afghan leaders, Afghan newcomers, and community organisations met last Friday, 20th August, calling on the UK government to be proactive and clear in its humanitarian response towards Afghan asylum-seekers. The meeting, attended by more than fifty individuals and organisations, was facilitated by Oxford refugee charity Asylum Welcome
Released as an outcome of the meeting was a Statement on the Crisis in Afghanistan and Oxfordshire’s Response, signed by local Councillors Mark Lygo, Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini, Imogen Thomas, Chris Jarvis, Lucy Pegg, and Sally Povolotsky as well as sixteen organisations that support refugees.
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