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| 10th October 2001 | Modified: 14th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 49 times | Liked 0 times

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10th October 2001

"We reiterate our outright condemnation of the evil acts of 11 September. While clearly stating that Islam is not our enemy, we support all legitimate efforts to pursue those responsible for last month's terrorist acts, always mindful of the moral imperative to act with restraint and respect for civilian lives. The pursuit of justice not vengeance is a universal humanitarian task.

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland, issued the following statement on events in Afghanistan, today, Wednesday 10 October:

"We reiterate our outright condemnation of the evil acts of 11 September. While clearly stating that Islam is not our enemy, we support all legitimate efforts to pursue those responsible for last month's terrorist acts, always mindful of the moral imperative to act with restraint and respect for civilian lives. The pursuit of justice not vengeance is a universal humanitarian task.

We welcome any international commitments to provide humanitarian aid and the fact that the Prime Minister has said, that the humanitarian effort must be undertaken with at least as much resolve as the military effort. We hope that such efforts lead to a universally accepted order of justice, under the auspices of the UN.

The exodus of population from Afghanistan, which started in 1979, has seen 6m people leave the country, of which 3.5m have fled to Iran and Pakistan; an estimated 2.2m Afghans are displaced within their own country.

Although, the displacement, migration and ensuing humanitarian disaster all predate the events of 11 September the present military action will exacerbate an already appalling situation and could lead perhaps to another 1m migrants leaving Afghanistan for Pakistan

Consequently, the Catholic Bishops of Scotland urge the United Kingdom government to prioritise efforts to bring aid to the people of Afghanistan. At the same time we urge the people of Scotland to contribute to the work of agencies such as SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund) in a united effort to tackle a massive human disaster and address the needs of all those who are suffering.

Our prayers are with everyone involved in this conflict: civilians, members of the armed forces and their families. May God care for them all."

NOTE:
SCIAF has launched an "Afghan Crisis Appeal" to which contributions can be made by telephone (switch, Visa, MasterCard) - 0845 3002324,
Or by post - SCIAF, FREEPOST, GW5634, GLASGOW, G3 6BR  
The appeal is presently raising funds at the rate of @ £1000 per day.



CONTACT Peter Kearney,  
Catholic Media Office,
0141 221 1168(O)  
pk@scmo.org

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