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Refugee Services Looking For Volunteers & Donations As More Afghans Arrive In The Area – CBS Baltimore

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One Afghan girl who moved to Baltimore 4 years in the past has a message for the United States: rescue Afghan ladies now.

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She’s been receiving frantic messages from her pals, all of them ladies, all of them have labored for the U.S. and rising extra fearful by the day.

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“They’re sending me voice messages and telling me that they don’t know what to do, they’re afraid and their families are afraid,” she instructed WJZ in an interview Thursday. She didn’t need to be recognized by title or present her face out of concern for her personal security.

But concern is what Afghans world wide are feeling. Her pals in Kabul are fearful they could be taken and killed by the Taliban.

“They know that the Taliban have the lists of their names, the Taliban will kill the girls and the women and my friends,” she mentioned.

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As days go by, her hope fades and she or he mentioned her coronary heart aches for them.

“They are going house to house and looking for people that have worked for the government, for the U.S., for our allies and rounding them up and doing horrible things to them,” mentioned Mike Wilson.

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Wilson, a Maryland native, served in Afghanistan for the army in 2010. He’s attempting to get the interpreter he labored with out of Kabul.

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“He’s in fear but he’s also in fear for his family and the retribution that may come if he leaves,” mentioned Wilson who mentioned he’s doing every thing he probably can to assist get the interpreter alongside along with his household to Maryland.

But for the numerous who did make it out and are arriving within the DC/Maryland area each day, they’re ranging from scratch.

“Many of them are coming with literally their clothes on their backs…because they’ve fled a war-torn country,” mentioned Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, CEO of the Baltimore-based group, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS).

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LIRS is one in every of 9 resettlement companies serving to the refugees serving to resettle the Afghans.

Vignarajah mentioned they need assistance – donations or volunteers – they’re accepting anybody within the space keen to help.

“Having communities willing to engage willing to step up is the only way we’re gonna get this done.”

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For methods to assist or donate, go to: https://www.lirs.org/help-our-afghan-allies/.


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