KABUL'S NOT-SO-SAFE HOUSES LEAVE ALLIES IN LIMBO

Oct 23, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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Some Kabul safe houses, where hundreds of Afghans who helped the Canadian military and non-governmental organizations are waiting to flee to Canada, are set to be closed in two weeks.

There is a lack of funding.

An organization running the safe houses, where around 1,700 people with approval to come to Canada are being housed and fed, say that time has run out for them.

Afghans already approved to come to Canada are to be told imminently there isn’t enough funding to keep housing them all.

Wendy Noury Long, director of the Afghan Interpreters Association, says Afghans with papers to come to Canada are facing being turned out “into the cold” in Kabul.

She says the Canadian government has been asked for funding to keep the safe houses open.

A spokesman for Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Friday that the federal government is still finding new ways to bring Afghan refugees to Canada.

Alex Cohen said the government is “exhausting all options.”

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