AWB Statement about Afghanistan Crisis

By Frances Azaren posted 09-08-2021 20:48

AWB Statement about Afghanistan Crisis

Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) is deeply concerned by the situation in
Afghanistan. This concern is first and foremost for the people of
Afghanistan, particularly those groups that are most vulnerable, including
women and children. The current crisis has generated a great deal of
uncertainty and worry for many in our extended AWB community.

We join the global call for safeguarding and respecting human rights of all

those in Afghanistan and around the world. As a leading voice of
astronomy enthusiasts, educators and scientists in the global astronomical
community, AWB puts particular emphasis on the right to education and
access to information, freedom of opinion and expression that is inclusive
and without discrimination due to gender, ethnicity, religion or political

For anyone experiencing distress, or being impacted by current events in
Afghanistan, AWB suggests you reach out to the following organizations
who have ongoing operations in Afghanistan and the region:

U.S. State Department - Special Immigrant Visas - 

UNICEF via online email form at 

International Rescue Committee

Women for Afghan Women

Zoe Chee - AWB Interim Executive Director, and
Tim Spuck - Chairman of the AWB Board of Directors