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Afghan refugees in East Sussex

Afghan refugees who need help to rebuild their lives will find a warm welcome in East Sussex.

The county and its people have always been ready to welcome people fleeing persecution or disaster in their native land. We’ll play our part to help people in the current crisis following the collapse of the elected Afghan government.

All the local authorities in East Sussex are already working with the UK government to discuss how to care for and resettle some of the families in greatest need.

This may include helping to arrange housing, education, care, job opportunities and community support over the course of months and years.

For now, we know many residents would like to make their own contribution.

Below we have set out some of the ways you can offer help, and some more information about how the UK is welcoming Afghans in need.

The UK government response

Operation Warm Welcome (government press release) will ensure Afghans arriving in the UK receive the vital support they need to rebuild their lives.

How you can help

Emergency relief charities, such as The International Rescue Committee and the British Red Cross, are working on the ground in Afghanistan.

Women for Women International helps female survivors of war rebuild their lives.

East Sussex-based non-profit Diversity Resource International (DRI) would like to hear from you if you’d like to donate money or volunteer to support Afghan refugees who are resettling around Sussex. Contact them by emailing community@driorg.com  or visit Afghanistan Community Support - DRI.

Rother District Council welcomes offers of permanent accommodation that can be let to Afghan families in order for them to resettle in the UK. Please email tenant.finder@rother.gov.uk with your contact details. We regret that we are not able to facilitate offers of temporary accommodation or shared living/lodging arrangements.

These are just some of many organisations arranging help.

We suggest that donations of money or time as a volunteer are more likely to help Afghan refugees than goods or equipment.

Affected by Afghanistan?

We know that some people from East Sussex may have served in Afghanistan or be from families bereaved by the conflict.

The Cruse Bereavement Care Helpline is ready to support veterans and anyone coping with grief: 0808 808 1677.

The Cruse Helpline is currently experiencing high numbers of calls. If you do need immediate support you can contact their trained counsellors on the online Cruse Chat service.