Humanitarian crises unfolding in Afghanistan and Lebanon
As the situations in Afghanistan and Lebanon deteriorate, you can help to support families caught up in the crises.
In Afghanistan, people have been forced from their homes, with half of the population in urgent need of food, water, shelter and protection.
In Lebanon, the country is running out of power, water, fuel, medicine and food. Even hospitals are facing massive fuel shortages and will soon have to turn off the lights.
You can donate to Caritas Australia to help them respond to crises like these and others across the world.
Visit caritas.org.au/lebanon or www.caritas.org.au/afghanistan or call 1800 024 413 toll free to provide much needed support.
Action for Afghanistan | The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA)
The Afghan people, especially ethnic and religious minorities as well as women and children are in great danger in their own country. In addition, there are more than 5,100 Afghans living in Australia, many with families in Afghanistan, and many without any certainty about their future in Australia.
While the Federal Government has undertaken to allocate at least 3,000 places for Afghans within the current humanitarian intake, the need is dire and immediate, and a special additional intake is required. AMembers of the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) wish to raise their voices to urge the Federal Government to:
- provide a special allocation of at least 20,000 additional humanitarian places for people fleeing Afghanistan
- guarantee permanent visas to those living here under temporary visas
- enable family reunions for Afghan people living in Australia.
CAPSA encourage you to be part of the connected voice, through one or both of the following ways:
- Send a letter to your local Member of Parliament directly through the CAPSA website at capsa.org.au/afghanistan. On this website you will find a form letter which you can easily edit or send as it is. By entering your postcode, you will be able to send it to your local MP.
- At www.actionforafghanistan.com.au you will be able to sign a petition along with thousands of other Australians.
CAPSA remain in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan who need our compassion and kindness now.
Major earthquake hits Haiti
Caritas Australia’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Haiti who have been devastated by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
Over 1,400 people have died, and thousands more left injured. Homes, churches and schools have been damaged in the quake, and reports indicate that more than 30,000 families have been left homeless.
The country also continues to grapple with COVID-19, poverty, and ongoing political instability and violence.
There is immediate and urgent need for food, water, shelter, hygiene kits and first aid on the ground.
To provide support, donations can be made to Caritas Australia’s Emergency Response Appealwww.caritas.org.au or by calling 1800 024 413 toll free.