Category Archives: conflict

Safe houses for Afghans who helped Canadian military and NGOs will be ‘scaled back’

OTTAWA — Some Kabul safe houses, where hundreds of Afghans who helped the Canadian military and non-governmental organizations are waiting to flee to Canada, are set to be closed in two weeks because of lack of funding. An organization running the

Prime minister marks start of Thanksgiving holiday by meeting Afghan refugee family

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met a family of newly settled Afghan refugees on Saturday, marking the start of the Thanksgiving weekend with what he said was an important reminder.  Trudeau met Obaidullah Rahimi, who began working at the Canadi...

Afghan women ministers warned Canada of Taliban atrocities in June: senator

OTTAWA — Afghan women ministers made pleas to Canadian politicians for help — and shared warnings about atrocities and the erosion of women’s rights — two months before the Taliban took control of Kabul. In June, female Afghan ministers begged Canada

Families of Canadians trapped in Syria turn to Federal Court to force government help

OTTAWA — The families of Canadians trapped in northern Syria are asking the Federal Court to force Ottawa to help them. The 11 families say in a court filing that the government's refusal to step in amounts to breaches of the

200 Afghans, including female students and dancers, make daring overland escape

OTTAWA — Dozens of female Afghan students have escaped the Taliban with the help of a Toronto-based charity and are heading to Saskatoon after a daring land journey lasting weeks. Nearly 100 girls have managed to flee to Pakistan with their

Entrepreneur helping Afghans is ‘shining example of Canadian compassion’: minister

OTTAWA — A Toronto property developer who has worked tirelessly to help hundreds of people fleeing the Taliban settle in Canada — spending $50,000 to buy them essential supplies — has been praised as a “shining example of Canadian compassion”

Twenty years after 9/11, the U.S. finds itself on the other side of the looking-glass

WASHINGTON — Fiery explosions, the innocent falling from the sky, presidential vows of vengeance: America's 20-year war on terror seemed to end much the way it began.  The searing parallels that bookend the two decades — shaken commanders-in-chief prom...

Canadian senator hears desperate plea from Afghan woman MP fearing Taliban reprisals

A senator who chairs a committee set up to forge ties between the Canadian and Afghan parliaments has been receiving desperate pleas for help from Afghan politicians.  Sen. Salma Ataullahjan says she has received daily appeals for help to escape the

Ottawa pins hopes on Kabul airport reopening as hundreds with links to Canada stuck

Ottawa is pinning its hopes on the Kabul airport soon reopening as thousands of people with links to Canada found themselves stranded in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan on Tuesday following the overnight withdrawal of all American soldiers from the coun...

Canadian groups look to Pakistan border as U.S. ends flights from Afghanistan

OTTAWA — America's torturous, tragic withdrawal from Afghanistan finally ended Monday, leaving Canadian veterans and refugee advocates weighing several bad choices as they seek to protect hundreds of stranded Afghans still waiting to hear good news abo...