Women’s Association in Leeds holds fundraiser event for Afghan community

Volunteers and guests joined the Lord Mayor at Bahar Women’s Association’s winter fundraiser

A group of volunteers held a winter fundraiser in Leeds this week to raise money for the Afghan community at home and in Leeds.

The event was organised by Bahar Women’s Association and took place at Little London Community Centre.

The number of Afghan refugees who have been relocated to Leeds has not been revealed.  

However, Bahar, chair of the Association, said: “We are not talking about numbers, we are talking about human beings.”

Bahar asked for her surname not be used to protect the family she still has in Afghanistan.

She added: “Afghan refugees need support – financially, emotionally, mentally – they have all been damaged.”

Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, fell to Taliban forces in August 2021.

The UK aims to resettle around 5,000 Afghan nationals by the end of 2021, and up to 20,000 in the longer term.  

Bahar Women’s Association is hoping to register as a charity soon so they can continue to support Afghan citizens, refugees and the wider community.

For more information on how to get involved, visit www.baharwomen.org.

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