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Shelby County welcomes Afghan refugees

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Over 30 refugees from Afghanistan were welcomed by Shelby County today.

Many of them helped Americans who were once in their country and now the county is doing what they can to make them comfortable after they have fled violence and oppression in Afghanistan.

Today, Mayor Lee Harris and county commissioners welcomed Basir Akrami and other refugees. They were presented with a welcome bag filled with Memphis related items from local restaurants, the Grizzlies and a $100 gift card to Kroger.

“They are great people. They give us an opportunity to live in this great place,” Akrami said. 

He said his first impression of Memphis has been wonderful.

This story originally aired on WREG Channel 3. Read the full story here.

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