More than 100 Afghan refugees are being welcomed into southern Vermont by a refugee resettlement organization and several community groups, organizers said on Thursday.
About two dozen of those refugees have already arrived in Vermont through the Ethiopian Community Development Council, one of nine organizations that resettle refugees across the United States.
When they settled, they are living on campus housing the World Learning School for International Training in Brattleboro. Newcomers are finding language and cross-cultural instruction, as well as helping to find jobs, long-term housing and schools for their children.
Thousands of Afghan refugees are being resettled across the United States, after the Taliban took over the country Out of 38 million people on 15 August.
Sophia Howlett, president of the School for International Training, a graduate school focused on global issues, said during an online news conference that Afghans need to be resettled, a willing community and everyone is coming together to do so. .
“Here in Brattleboro, they found the right community, the right group of people with the right skills, and the right place to be able to support them in terms of educational needs and temporary housing,” she said.
In the northern part of the state, the Vermont branch of the American Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has so far welcomed 95 Afghans, state director Amila Merzanovic said. They are currently planning to accept 160 Afghans.
“There are still many Afghans in need of rehabilitation and we are ready to take on more,” he said in an electronic message.
In addition to Brattleboro, some of the 100 refugees destined for southern Vermont will be resettled in the Bennington and Rockingham areas, said Joe Via, Brattleboro representative for the Ethiopian Community Development Council, which began its Vermont operations late last year.
It is hoped that Afghans and refugees from other countries visiting Vermont in the future will make the state their home.
“We are truly committed to encouraging these evacuees to be part of their neighbor and our community through our program,” said Joel Colony, vice president of World Learning, the parent organization of the School for International Training.
most people in america – About 72% – want to see the offer of resettlement in the United States to Afghans working with Americans as a duty and a necessary coda of nearly 20 years of war.