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Afghan refugees arrive in Nashville – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-09-14 16:56:18 –

Nashville, Tennessee (WKRN) – 50,000 Afghan refugees fleeing Taliban rule are expected to seek asylum in the United States. About 300 of them will be located in central Tennessee, according to Sabina Mohudin, secretary-general of the American Islamic Advisory Board.

“In Nashville, we’ve heard from the National Center for International Empowerment (NICE) that we’re probably accepting about 140 Afghan refugees, and Catholic charities expect to accept 150 refugees,” Mohyuddin explained. To do.

She continues to resettle, but in this case it is in flux due to the circumstances surrounding the exit.

“Usually a lot of work is done before everyone thinks about coming to the United States, but due to the crisis, it’s changing every day and it’s happening very quickly.”

Some families are already in the area, but more will arrive by March.

Institutions such as Catholic Charities and NICE, Afghan leaders, and members of the local Islamic community will meet on Tuesday night to strategize the best way to deal with refugees.

“We work together to create a comprehensive list of what we need, from clothing to kitchen utensils, furniture, and apparently trying to find a place to live,” says Mohudin.

They are also focused on finding the mental health support needed for refugees adapting to the new country.

“They are facing a lot of isolation, aren’t they? They’re traumatized and leave here before coming here,” says Mohyuddin. “I can’t emphasize how much help they need. It’s not easy, so it’s a process.”

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There are plans to hold a donation drive for these refugees in the mosque area in the coming weeks.

This follows the withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan last month, End the longest war in America.

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