The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan set off a panicked exodus from Kabul and other cities. As the US and allied forces scrambled to pull out before the August 31 deadline, thousands upon thousands of Afghans confronted perilous odds in their attempts to flee the country.
Canada has committed to resettling up to 20,000 Afghans. As of August 22, it has pulled 3,700 people out of Kabul. Many, fearing for their lives, remain behind and journalists and their families are especially visible and vulnerable to the current safety risks. Credible reports of threats and house-to-house hunts for journalists indicate the dangers of continuing to live in Afghanistan.
We can’t leave these journalists where they are. If we do, they’re liable to be killed. But we also can’t get them out of there on our own. We need your help to ensure Afghan journalists and their families who want to get out of Afghanistan can do so safely.
Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is working with a coalition of journalists, human rights and media freedom organizations to safely evacuate journalists from Afghanistan.
We are lobbying the Canadian and regional governments to prioritize the visa processing of Afghan journalists to facilitate their safe passage to Canada. We are also working with our partners on the ground to create safe routes of evacuation out of Afghanistan.
JHR needs your support to raise $1,500,000 for this life-saving initiative. (This target is informed by costs related to JHR’s prior experience of evacuating journalists and staff safely from South Sudan in 2016.)