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The challenges and lessons learned from refugee resettlement efforts in central Ohio

Hanzala Safi, 8, center, and her brother Mohammad Safi, 6, climb a ropes course by their grandmother Fawzi Safi, 71, at a playground in Alexandria, Va., Monday, April 11, 2022. The family was evacuated from Afghanistan and is trying to make a new life in the U.S., while in immigration limbo.
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Hanzala Safi, 8, center, and her brother Mohammad Safi, 6, climb a ropes course by their grandmother Fawzi Safi, 71, at a playground in Alexandria, Va., Monday, April 11, 2022. The family was evacuated from Afghanistan and is trying to make a new life in the U.S., while in immigration limbo.

The killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico echo the violence many Afghan refugees fled. It also exemplifies how long-held tensions between different factions can continue beyond the borders of refugees native homeland.

This month also marks the year anniversary of the U.S military leaving Afghanistan and the end to America’s longest war. Columbus was on a list of cities, chosen by the Biden administration, to become home to some Afghan refugees. Local settlement agencies have helped settle some 80 Afghans, many of whom worked alongside the U.S. military during the 20 year occupation.

Coming up, the challenges and lessons learned from refugee resettlement efforts in central Ohio.

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