We continue to advocate for those who have been
left behind, but we also turn our attention to care for Afghan
evacuees who have relocated to our neighborhoods and cities.
What we know...
Over 500 Afghans have arrived in Worcester, MA.
Up to the same number have also arrived to the western part of MA, oriented around Springfield.
They bravely fled their country to escape the Taliban, while they had the chance. They have been traumatized, persecuted, and pushed to the brink. They have endured tremendous loss - family members, homes, jobs, savings, and all that was familiar. They have come as families, single people, and unaccompanied minors from all age brackets.
Almost all are Muslim, mostly from persecuted sects, and very few may be Christian converts. Most have come as humanitarian parolees, but others arrived with Special Immigrant Visas because they worked with or on behalf of the US in Afghanistan. Others have been reunited with their family.
Regardless of their story, we are
here to welcome them.