The United States has withdrawn from a decades long war in Afghanistan. Under a special immigrant program, the United States has been evacuating thousands of at-risk Afghans who served alongside Americans. While the program has been ongoing for over 10 years, the withdrawal deadline of Aug. 31 has caused pressure on resettlement agencies to accompany Afghan families, thousands of whom have arrived in the final months.
In Afghanistan, the increased conflict is forcing people to flee their homes. Many Afghans are seeking safety in Kabul, but this influx of internally displaced people (IDPs) is burdening a weakened infrastructure. Host communities that are already in distress because of the conflict and evacuations are struggling to support the IDPs.
Lutheran Disaster Response is reaching out to synods, congregations and affiliates that are taking an active role in welcoming Afghan families. Housing assistance, health and wellness care, and community belonging are essential as they move toward integrating into a new community. Support for volunteers and interpreters is critical. Lutheran Disaster Response is also in partnership with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and Church World Service (CWS), the lead organizations in resettling Afghan families. Lutheran Disaster Response’s engagement is to respond to the immediate humanitarian crisis, supplementing the work of LIRS and CWS.
To respond to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, Community World Service Asia (CWSA) is assisting Afghan families in Kabul through food security and cash assistance. Lutheran Disaster Response contributed to ACT Alliance’s Rapid Response Fund, which is funding CWSA’s work in Afghanistan.
What you can do:
Please pray for the people of Afghanistan in the midst of this humanitarian crisis. May God's healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Pray that God will deliver comfort to those who mourn and strength to those working diligently to care for affected communities.
Your gifts designated to "Afghan Humanitarian Crisis" will be used in full (100%) to support those affected by the situation in Afghanistan.
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