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Reaction to humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

16 August 2021

Following scenes of people desperate to escape Afghanistan at Kabul Airport as the Taliban’s advance to control the country, Chair of the cross-party International Development Committee Sarah Champion said, “Faced with the terrifying prospect of a return to draconian rule, Afghans fearing for their futures, their families and, some, their lives are fleeing. Anywhere will do. The hard-won freedoms of the past decade have been obliterated in a matter of weeks. The situation facing women and girls is especially worrying. The international community must do all it can to get survivors out safely and the UK Government must play a full part, leading by example in fulfilling any pledged donations quickly and completely. Doing anything else will be a betrayal of the Afghan people and the legacy of the soldiers who lost their lives in the pursuit of their freedom.”

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