Our thoughts are with the men, women and children of Afghanistan. Over the past weeks, we have seen distressing images of suffering people after Taliban forces took control of most of Afghanistan after the military withdrawal of the United States in August. The Taliban have destroyed homes and displaced thousands of people.
In Refugee Week in June, Waverley College was privileged to hear Zaki Haidari, a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan, speak to us about his journey here in Australia. He shared his powerful story of fleeing the Taliban and escaping by boat to this country. Zaki is on a temporary protection visa and works at the RACS (Refugee Advice and Casework Service) in Randwick.
We are keeping Zaki in our prayers and thoughts at this very difficult time. In his own words:
“Everyone here is numb. We don’t know how to process this or react. We feel hopeless. Many of us have loved ones in Kabul and we desperately need to get our families out. This has proven once again that it is not safe for us to go back and not safe for our families … what will it take for the Government to give us permanent protection? To enable us to bring our families here to safety once and for all? I am begging people to take action to force the Australian Government to do something.”
Small actions from many people can make a big impact.
Ms Sue Walsh
Director of Identity & Student Formation