December 3, 2021

‘Do our part’: East Bay Afghan community mobilizing to help refugees adjust in Bay Area

CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) — A aid mission is taking form in the East Bay to help Afghan refugee households who’re making an attempt to come to the Bay Area. Meantime a neighborhood nonprofit nonetheless working to get its workers out of Afghanistan.

A Sunday technique session at Harmony’s Noor Islamic and Cultural Community Middle on how to help refugees escaping Afghanistan. Nesar Abdiani says his telephone is ringing 24/7 with determined calls from family and friends.

“They’re calling to say please help us, please get us out of this country and chaos, unfortunately our hands are tied,” mentioned Abdiani.

These volunteers cannot help Afghans escape however they will help households who’re ready to make it to the Harmony space.

“We don’t know how many people are coming, when they get here we want to be prepared,” mentioned Mena Akbar from Noor Islamic and Cultural Community Middle.

They may want all of the requirements to help traumatized households who could also be ranging from zero.

“First, we’d like to offer compassion, language assistance, homes, I’ll even show them around and help them grocery shop,” mentioned Josay Attiga from Walnut Creek.

The community heart is accumulating donations for refugees on its web site. Town of Harmony pledging its assist.

“It’s been challenging watching he trauma on TV but we can do our part to help people come here, that gives me hope,” mentioned Harmony Metropolis Council member Carlyn Obringer.

If you would like to help the aid effort, go to right here.

Meantime, ABC7 Information acquired an replace Sunday from Bay Area nonprofit Roots of Peace, making an attempt to evacuate its workers nonetheless in Afghanistan.

“We heard there was an ISIS threat, we were told to leave the premises,” mentioned Roots of Peace co-founder Heidi Kuhn.

Heidi and Gary Kuhn have been working across the clock from Istanbul, Turkey to get their 76 workers out of Kabul. In a single day, their bus was turned away from the airport after 10 hours, due to safety threats.

Regardless of an August 31 U.S. troop withdrawal deadline, Heidi says she’s not giving up.

“Let’s roll, we have two more days to get the Afghans out, we are Americans and we will find a way,” mentioned Kuhn.

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