Helping young Afghan academics escape the Taliban

Over the past two years, students from Monash International Affairs Society together with the Monash Centre for Gender, Peace and Security formed an unbreakable bond with a group of Kabul University students. These Afghan scholars are both youth leaders and women’s rights activists. When the Taliban reclaimed Kabul some weeks ago, our students moved swiftly to co-facilitate the safe evacuation of eleven of these scholars and their families. It was an incredible operation that saw dedicated Monash staff and our formidable students of the Monash International Affairs Society working with the Australian Government and Australian Defence Force to help evacuate 11 young scholars from Kabul, to the safety of Australia.