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SA community hold vigil in support of
25 August 2021
Last Saturday night, South Australia’s Afghan Community held a vigil
at Victoria Square to reflect on the deeply distressing situation that is
unfolding in Afghanistan.
Amongst the several hundred people attending the event, were, the
South Australian Premier Stephen Marshall, the Leader of the
Opposition Peter Malinauskas, CEO of Migrant Resource Centre
Eugenia Tsoulis, President of the Afghan Community SA Hussain
Razaiat, Chair of SAMEAC Adriana Chrstopoulos and members of
SAMEAC, members of the African Communities Council of South
Australia, the President Bill Gonis and members of the Greek
Orthodox Community of SA and many more.
“I know many have watched in horror at images coming out of Kabul
and Afghanistan- images of despair and desperation”, Premier
“But South Australian stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with
all those affected by the Afghan conflict, including our serving and
“I have discussed the situation with the Prime Minister and offered
him any assistance that South Australia can provide to help
Australia’s response effort”, he concluded.
Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has announced the
government will allocate 3,000 places to refugees from Afghanistan
due to the unfolding crisis.
Ms Wahidi, who is the vice president of the Afghan Women’s
Organisation in Victoria, said that number was “just not okay” in the
face of the unfolding humanitarian crisis.
”We do implore the Morrison government to open more
humanitarian visas and welcome more refugees from Afghanistan,”
South Australian Labor Leader Peter Malinauskas, said if we are
serious about supporting the the Afgani community, we must start
by granting the 4200 Afghan nationals who are already in Australia
on temporary protection visas (TPV) a path to permanent residency
and ultimately Australian citizenship.
As the South Australian Labor Leader I call on the Federal
Government to show some compassion and let these 4200
individuals know that they really can call Australia home.
Adelaide, South Australia
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