This story was originally published on WKNO on Sept. 10, 2021.
Immigration advocates and Shelby County officials are asking residents for help in their efforts to resettle refugees from Afghanistan in the Midsouth.
At least 65,000 Afghan nationals evacuated after the Taliban takeover of the capital Kabul last month will need to be resettled across the country.
Initially, a small fraction are expected here: 36 people, according to the local resettlement agency World Relief, with possibly more in the future.
At a press conference Thursday, the organization’s head, PJ Moore, said the process of creating stable lives for the new neighbors requires a “all hands on deck approach.”
“While incredibly resilient, incoming Afghans will need the support of public, private and faith-based institutions and individuals to be resettled,” Moore said.
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