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Challenges Ahead For Afghan Resettlement

U.S. soldiers stand guard along the perimeter at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. On Monday, the U.S. military and officials focus was on Kabul's airport, where thousands of Afghans trapped by the sudden Taliban takeover rushed the tarmac and clung to U.S. military planes deployed to fly out staffers of the U.S. Embassy, which shut down Sunday, and others.
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U.S. soldiers stand guard along the perimeter at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. On Monday, the U.S. military and officials focus was on Kabul's airport, where thousands of Afghans trapped by the sudden Taliban takeover rushed the tarmac and clung to U.S. military planes deployed to fly out staffers of the U.S. Embassy, which shut down Sunday, and others.

Columbus is on a list of cities that could become home to Afghans fleeing their country as Taliban forces take over in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal.

One local agency over the past five years already has helped settle some 80 Afghans, many of whom worked alongside U.S. military.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, we talk about the challenges ahead and the lessons learned from previous refugee resettlement efforts in central Ohio.

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