Statement on Afghanistan Crisis

We are writing to extend our deep care and support to our Afghan colleagues and those in Afghanistan during these uncertain and devastating times. We are heartbroken by the violence and escalating conflict in Afghanistan that have threatened the lives of millions and displaced hundreds of thousands in the country this year. We realize that the current events of this crisis may bring about a variety of responses, including fear, grief, anger, sadness, helplessness, and even retraumatization, for those who are being impacted most right now. 

We have shared some resources below, including for those allied with the Afghan community. The ANA Advocacy Committee is here to support members in any way possible, so please do not hesitate to reach out for further support as needed. Please take care of yourselves and stay in community with one another.

With heart and on behalf of the ANA Advocacy Committee,

Vanessa Zhou

Resources from Muslim American Society – Social Services Foundation (MAS-SSF):

Supportive Counseling Services (in person, by phone, online): MAS-SSF offers confidential and HIPAA compliant counseling service that allows you to interact with a dedicated peer specialist in person (Sacramento, CA) or virtually from anywhere. Services available in English, Dari/Fasi, Pashto, Arabic, and Urdu.

Amala Youth Hopeline: free, confidential, culturally competent helpline (peer counseling and resource referral) for Muslim American youth. 

  • Call 855-95-AMALA (Phone line hours: 6-10pm PST on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Text 855-95-AMALA (Text line hours: 6-10pm PST on Wed, Sun) 

MAS-SSF YouTube Channel: short videos on coping during the pandemic that may be relevant more broadly to large stressors like the current crisis in Afghanistan.

Ways to Support Afghanistan Right Now:

Volunteer to help resettled refugees (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services):

Donate air miles, credit card points, and cash to Miles4Migrants to help individuals impacted by war, persecution, or disaster reunite with loved ones and start new beginnings in safe homes. Read about the agency’s work in Afghanistan here.

Donate to Neighbors in Need: Afghan Allies Fund which will be used to offer food, housing assistance, clothing and other basic needs for incoming Afghan allies and those benign evacuated to the United States.

Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security is collecting donations with partner organizations to support humanitarian visas, safe house evacuations for high-risk Afghan women, and emergency humanitarian aid

Email your government to demand immediate action for at-risk Afghans:


Join local protests, donate to charitable organizations, stay up to date on the news in Afghanistan, and contact your government to enact change (AFG Diaspora Hub):

Fund women-focused organizations. Women and children represent 80% of Afghans who have been forced to flee their country since May of this year.

Learn more about the situation and the Afghan community/diaspora: