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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are responding by assisting the wounded and disabled, helping detainees maintain contact with their families, supporting hospitals, preventing violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and supporting the Afghan Red Crescent.
New Zealand Red Cross stands ready to support the New Zealand government with any future resettlement plans for any evacuated Afghan nationals.
You can help the people of Afghanistan by donating to our Afghanistan Appeal.
Support for evacuees from Afghanistan
New Zealand Red Cross has been asked by Immigration New Zealand to provide clothing along with other items to help support arriving evacuees.
Clothing was sourced from our Red Cross stores and under strict COVID-19 Alert level 4 guidelines. Additional items have been purchased for evacuees through donations received from the public through our Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
New Zealand Red Cross is heartened by the overwhelming response to support the new arrivals from Afghanistan into Aotearoa New Zealand.
The best way you can support their needs is to donate to Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis.
Red Cross does not require any further donations of clothing and other goods at this time.
New Zealand Red Cross will be hosting a Facebook Live session on Wednesday 22 September from 5:30-6:30pm. The session will focus on tips for managing stress and staying emotionally well in a crisis. There will be speakers from New Zealand Red Cross and from Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ). Follow our Facebook page to join.
RASNZ will also be hosting a mental health support webinar for Afghan families on Saturday 25 September from 12:00-1:00pm. You can register in advance using this link: RASNZ: A trauma and culturally informed approach to supporting Afghan families at this time of crisis
On 2 September, we hosted a Facebook Live event where our Secretary General Sarah Stuart-Black, General Manager of Migration Rachel O’Connor, and Restoring Family Links Coordinator Hamish Low spoke about what the ICRC and New Zealand Red Cross are doing in response to the humanitarian crisis. View the video here.
On 10 September, Rachel O’Connor, New Zealand Red Cross General Manager of Migration and Megan Williams, Law Reform Coordinator from Community Law Centres of Aotearoa, provided an overview of what Community Law centres are able to assist with in relation to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis. View the video below.
If contact has been lost with family members in Afghanistan
Counselling and other support services for Afghan communities in Aotearoa New Zealand
The Ministry for Ethnic Communities Te Tari Mātāwaka has compiled a list of counselling and other support services available for Afghan communities in Aotearoa.
Current advice on the situation in Afghanistan
The situation in Afghanistan is highly uncertain and changing rapidly. The New Zealand government has advised they are no longer accepting applications from Afghan nationals for resettlement in New Zealand and the current evacuation operation has drawn to a close.
If family members remain in Afghanistan and are eligible to travel to New Zealand or have applied for a visa to travel to New Zealand
Contact MFAT Consular Services at:
MFAT has advised they will remain in close contact with those who have registered their details on Safe Travel and have encouraged anyone still remaining in Afghanistan to register.
Role of New Zealand Red Cross
As with everything we do, the support New Zealand Red Cross provides is aligned with our Fundamental Principles. We are a humanitarian organisation whose mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity and enhancing community resilience.
New Zealand Red Cross is unable to influence decisions made by Immigration New Zealand on visa applications or immigration status. Therefore, personal information including identification documents should not be shared with New Zealand Red Cross unless requested. The only reason New Zealand Red Cross will request proof of identity is to lodge a tracing request for the Restoring Family Links (RFL) service.
If people in New Zealand are seeking immigration advice and support for family members remaining in Afghanistan, contact should be made directly with MFAT and Immigration New Zealand.