The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN office mandated with aiding and protecting refugees worldwide, states: “Afghans make up one of the largest refugee populations worldwide. There are 2.6 million registered Afghan refugees in the world.”
The High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, completed a three-day visit to Afghanistan in September to assess the current refugee situation. Reporting on the state of affairs, Grandi said, “Now, perhaps more than ever, the international community needs to do more to provide humanitarian and development support to these refugees and their host communities, and to scale up the resettlement of Afghans.”
The Chicago Sun-Times recently reported that over 500 Afghan refugees will be calling Chicago their home. United States Senator of Illinois, Tammy Duckworth, called upon her constituents to assist saying, “If you can help, please help.”
Equipped with a number of local organizations, Chicagoans have the ability and the obligation to assist the Afghan refugee community.
Jim Porter, Communications and Advocacy Manager of RefugeeONE is encouraging the Chicago community to get involved in the following ways:
- Donate: to agencies like RefugeeOne who will welcome and support refugees from across the globe, including those from Afghanistan, as they arrive in Chicago. You can support the refugee resettlement effort at www.refugeeone.org/donate.
- Advocate: Call legislators and urge them to ensure all Afghans coming to the U.S. have the necessary support to rebuild their lives.
- Hire/House: Resettlement agencies are in need of employers and landlords who are willing to hire and rent to recently-arrived refugees and their families. Any assistance identifying potential employers and/or landlords is also a huge help.
The United Nations Association of Chicago urges the Chicago community to help our Afghan neighbors.
HOW TO ACT:
Contact your Representative:
Donate to refugeeONE
Contact World Relief – Chicagoland