Afghan families to be offered homes in South Gloucestershire

August 27 2021
Afghan families to be offered homes in South Gloucestershire

SOME families from Afghanistan will be offered sanctuary in South Gloucestershire as thousands seek refuge from persecution from the Taliban.

South Gloucestershire Council says it has identified three homes for Afghan households and is asking private landlords to come forward with more.

Councillor Franklin Owusu-Antwi (pictured), who has served in Afghanistan and is council’s Armed Forces champion, said: "We stand by our own Armed Forces veterans and others who risked and sacrificed so much to help in Afghanistan; so it is right that we also now stand by those local people who worked alongside them, often sharing the same risks, and who now need our help.

MP Jack Lopresti, who served with the Terriotorial Army in Afghanistan during the autumn and winter of 2008-09, told the Voice: "Like most of my fellow MPs, I feel ashamed, angry and devastated by what I have seen happening in Afghanistan in recent days and weeks.

"I cannot help but keep remembering the ordinary people of Afghanistan and the locally-employed civilians who not only risked their lives but, by helping NATO forces, risked the lives of their families, friends and villages to Taliban reprisals.

"I was delighted and relieved beyond measure when the Prime Minister announced the resettlement and evacuation programme for refugees, which is a fantastic thing."

Mr Lopresti, who represents Winterbourne, added: "We cannot abandon the Afghan people and allow their country to once again become a base for international terrorism."