PHILADELPHIA (UKTN) – White House officials say Philadelphia International Airport is now the main hub for Afghan refugees. As the city expects more arrivals in the coming weeks, the health ministry says it needs help from people like you.
“I was like, ‘How are you? ”, Said volunteer Diba Atar. “And they say, ‘We’re just happy to be alive. Just happy to be here physically.
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The elation of the Aghan refugees as described by someone who helped them. Atar volunteered for 13 hours at the airport in late August, helping translate for newly arrived Afghans.
“I just knew I wanted to be that person that I wished my parents and much of my family could have had when they first immigrated,” said Atar.
Atar’s expertise was expressed in Farsi for the approximately 12,000 refugees who disembarked at Philadelphia International. Stephanie Stucka’s expertise is that of a registered nurse.
“These are the people who contributed to the American mission in the war,” Stucka said. “And I believe in promises made, promises kept.”
In addition to the immediate needs at the airport, refugees also need long-term assistance. This is where Kaytie Innamorati comes in.
“I’ve wanted to act on something for a year, especially when the world feels like it’s so out of control,” Innamorati said. “So when I saw this opportunity, I said I’m going for this one.”
Innamorati organized a book drive for Afghan youth. FEMA specifically requested the Afghan Proverbs Illustrated book. She thought she was raising around 10, but ended up with a car full of over 200 pounds given to her.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Innamorati said. “It was really heartwarming. It was really good to do something to help.
As the search for more volunteers intensifies, Atar said she has hope.
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