MCC calls on PM to remove barriers to humanitarian assistance

August 31, 2022 | News | Volume 26 Issue 18D
Mennonite Central Committee
Charitable Foundation Uman Help Center, an MCC partner, distributes MCC relief buckets, hygiene kits and blankets in Uman city, at a Baptist church, along with other humanitarian supplies. (MCC photo)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada has joined other leading Canadian aid organizations to launch Aid for Afghanistan, a national campaign calling on the Government of Canada to immediately act to remove barriers that have blocked and deterred the provision of lifesaving humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan for the past year. The campaign encourages Canadians to take action by writing to their MPs.

Because of restrictions in the Canadian Criminal Code and Canadian sanctions legislation, Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been restricted in their ability to do humanitarian work in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover in August 2021. “MCC is working within the restrictions of the Canadian Criminal Code; however, these restrictions limit our ability to fully support our local partners and to provide ongoing sustainable programming,” says Annie Loewen, MCC's humanitarian assistance coordinator.

Along with other NGOs, such as Canadian Foodgrains Bank, World Vision and Presbyterian World Service & Development, MCC is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to act now.

“We’ve heard from many compassionate Canadians who want to respond to the situation in Afghanistan. We’re calling on the government to remove barriers so the people of Afghanistan . . . can get the lifesaving support they need,” says Loewen.

For more information, visit bit.ly/3T2AZnK.

Charitable Foundation Uman Help Center, an MCC partner, distributes MCC relief buckets, hygiene kits and blankets in Uman city, at a Baptist church, along with other humanitarian supplies. (MCC photo)

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