Thousands of Afghans briefly called Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia home after fleeing a Taliban takeover in August.
The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan sent its foreign minister to Iran on January 8 to discuss Afghan refugees and a growing economic crisis.
The UK has now formally opened the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) and the first Afghan family has been granted indefinite leave to remain under the scheme. The ACRS is one of the most ambitious resettlement programmes in the world, and the first bespoke scheme in Europe to begin resettling Afghan evacuees.
Source: The Organisation for World Peace
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met in an emergency meeting in Islamabad on December 18th to discuss launching a trust fund addressing the humanitarian crises in Afghanistan. International organizations froze billions of dollars in aid and assets to Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country in August 2021. These reductions in aid delivery and frozen bank reserves have created a state of emergency in Afghanistan, with millions facing starvation and disease. The fund, managed by the Islamic Development Bank, would begin assisting by early 2022, though the amount to be provided remains unclear.
Afghanistan’s Justice Ministry reiterated Monday that the country’s independent lawyers will need to re-certify under a new qualification process ser by the Ministry, signaling the intent of the Taliban authorities to plough ahead with plans to strip the country’s legal profession of its independence.
Source: The Independent
An investigation by The Independent revealed that the Home Office has handed the “migration behaviour change” firm at least £702,000 since 2016, and it may have been given even more money by the Foreign Office during the same period.
Belal Khohestani wishes the United States would feel like home. The former pilot for the Afghan Special Mission Wing — the elite of Afghanistan’s military — recently moved from Fort Pickett in Virginia to Chicago, where he has found a place to live and a roommate.
Canada will take in female Afghan judges and their families who have been living in limbo, primarily in Greece, since their evacuation from Afghanistan in the fall, a spokesperson for the immigration minister said Friday.
Source: Al Jazeera
At 11am on August 15, I was at Rabia Balkhi University in Kabul where I was teaching economics.
That day, only a handful – maybe 10 – of my class of about 30 had shown up due to the deteriorating security situation. The Taliban was fast advancing on Kabul having already captured the cities of Ghazni, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif.