We are deeply concerned about the situation unfolding in Afghanistan and the impact on musicians, music teachers and students, and in particular women and children in the music community there.
MU Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl commented on the MU’s planned course of action:
“We have heard some concerning reports via members and are liaising with relevant UK and international organisations to offer support, solidarity and explore potential ways we can help practically or through lobbying efforts.”
The TUC have written a letter calling for the UK Government to provide safe, specific, and legal routes to safety for those who are facing the risk of persecution or attack in Afghanistan. This includes ensuring safe and specific routes to asylum in the UK. You can read the letter on the TUC’s website.
A petition calling for help for Afghan music instructors whose lives are in danger has been started on Change dot org.
Ways you can help now
Here are some good resources for advice and guidance on ways you can help: