Canada to admit Hindus, Sikhs among 20,000 Afghans

Canada will admit 20,000 vulnerable Afghans, including Hindus and Sikhs, as Taliban fighters gain control of major parts of the war-torn nation.

“Our teams there, here and across the world are working around the clock to bring as many people as possible to safety,” a government statement said Aug. 13.

“We’re redoubling our efforts to help 20,000 Afghans refugees – who remain vulnerable wherever they go – find safety here. The situation in Afghanistan is heartbreaking, and Canada will not stand by idly,” said Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino.

The Canadian government said that it is expanding its partnership with the Manmeet Singh Bhullar Foundation in Alberta to resettle hundreds of persecuted Afghan Hindus and Sikhs in Canada.

The foundation was started in 2014 by late Alberta minister Manmeet Singh Bhullar, who died in a road accident in 2015 at the age of 35, to resettle Afghan Sikh and Hindu families in Canada with the support of the Indo-Canadian community.

The foundation has already brought dozens of Hindu and Sikh families from Afghanistan. (IANS)

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