Pope Francis has called for prayer and fasting for Afghanistan. The Pope urged Christians to show solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, especially women and children, the victims of violent attacks in recent days. Speaking about recent events in the country the Pope said: "Let us continue to assist those in need and pray that dialogue and solidarity may lead to peaceful and fraternal coexistence."
Within our Diocese, Refugees Welcome Crawley (RWC) is working in partnership with West Sussex County Council (WSCC), Sussex Aid for Refugees, and other charities to meet the needs of Afghan families and individuals arriving in the UK with nothing. WSCC are co-ordinating this task and will deliver donations to Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in quarantine and awaiting the processing of their cases by the Home Office.
Sussex Aid for Refugees (SAR) has a created a 'wish list' (link below). If you feel able to help, you can purchase toiletries and other items for Afghan arrivals in Sussex. There is a particular push for soap for hygiene packs and pyjamas. Click here to access the list.
Making a contribution to SAR funds will enable the charity to buy pyjamas or other needed items in bulk. People can do this by paying directly into the RWC bank account (please use reference Afghan refugees) or through Justgiving, which will enable you to Gift Aid your donation. **Please be aware that your donation may be used to support the needs of refugees and asylum seekers from other countries, if there is any surplus once the needs of Afghans have been met.**
The National Board of Catholic Women's Social Responsibility Committee has issued a statement on the situation in Afghanistan, drawing attention to the plight of women and girls.You can read it here. To find out more about the work of the NBCW in our Diocese contact Sue Petritz.