SAR calls for more support for Afghani scholars: Editorial

August 31, 2021
Scholars at Risk (SAR) is calling for support to evacuate over 600 individuals from Afghanistan, reports Brendan O’Malley of University World News. O’Malley discusses how scholars in Afghanistan are facing a range of threats from the Taliban due to their fields of study or global connections. SAR is calling for practical steps to be taken to help academics who need to escape, and is calling on postsecondary institutions in Europe and North America to provide placements for them so that they do not get stuck in asylum-seeking processes. “The eroding situation in Afghanistan poses a threat, not only to the lives of our colleagues still in Afghanistan, but to the future of that country,” said Scholars at Risk Executive Director Robert Quinn. Scholars at Risk Canada Section has called on the Canadian government, universities, and colleges to take action on behalf of Afghanistan's scholars, students, and civil society actors through the creation of placements on Canadian campuses. University World News | Scholars at Risk (International)