News Article

Our statement on the current situation in Afghanistan

Picture of the KCLSU Student Officer team standing on steps at Bush House

As a university and students’ union that is home to Afghan students, we are truly concerned about the current events unfolding in Afghanistan. We, as a Student Officer team, are deeply saddened by some of the images coming out of Hamid Karzai Airport and cannot begin to imagine what the Afghan people must be going through at such a difficult and troubling time.

We understand this is an especially difficult time for our Afghan students, the Hazaras community in Afghanistan and our Hazara students, and we would like to offer our support and solidarity to all of our students affected by these events.

We want to reassure you that we are doing our best to reach out to those affected most in our community and provide the best support that we can. We are in contact with the relevant student groups so that we can get a better understanding of how we can help support their welfare in our capacity as student officers. We also encourage any students who are struggling with the ongoing situation to email us at [email protected], so that we can provide the relevant support for you.

If you need any mental health support during this time, or just someone to talk to, you can also use any or all of the resources below:

  • Pro-Counselling is a free and confidential counseling service for King’s students. You can call them on 0808 196 6172 from 5 pm-9 am on weekdays and 24/7 on weekends, bank holidays, and King’s closure days.
  • TogetherAll is an anonymous, free, and 24/7 online mental health and wellbeing service you can access with your King’s email.
  • Our Wellbeing Hub is packed with resources, links, advice, and ideas to support you with your wellbeing and mental health all year round.
  • King’s Chaplaincy is a resource for all students and staff at King’s, of all faiths and none. They welcome all students to get in touch for any support, especially during difficult times.
  • If you feel your academic experience is suffering due to what is happening, our KCLSU Academic Advice team provides free, confidential, and impartial academic advice to students with issues affecting their studies.

The KCLSU Afghan Welfare student society are hosting a wellbeing event on 15th September, 2 - 5 pm at Regent's Park for all students in the community who would like to connect, chat and have fun with other students. You can sign up for the event here.

They have also created an informative Instagram post explaining the context behind the current situation, with a range of resources and further action that you can take if you would like to help Afghan people within King’s and beyond, which they have asked us to share in this statement. You can read their post on their Instagram account here.

For those keen to contribute by other means to support the people of Afghanistan, we encourage you to remain well informed of the ongoing events and work with the relevant KCLSU societies to get involved.

Our thoughts are with the people of Afghanistan and we sincerely hope the circumstances improve. We stand by our students and we hope you and your families are all safe and well.

 

Signed,

Zahra, Arslan, Hamza, Fatimah, Rebecca and Daniyal

The KCLSU Student Officer Team 2021/22