Agencies in New Hampshire work on resettling Afghan refugees
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Two agencies in New Hampshire are working on resettlement plans for Afghan refugees.
The refugees are currently being screened at military bases before they arrive in New Hampshire.
Jeff Thielman, president and CEO of the International Institute of New England, said the Manchester agency has agreed to receive 50 evacuees from Afghanistan.
“We’re all going to work together to provide people with the basic needs, food, clothing, shelter,” Thielman told WMUR-TV. The agency will also work to help refugees with long-term needs such as education and employment.
Another agency, Ascentria Care Alliance in Concord, has proposed resettling 100 Afghan refugees. Both agencies have submitted proposals to the State Department.
Under a program called “Operation Allies Welcome,” some 50,000 Afghans are expected to be admitted to the United States, including translators, drivers and others who helped the U.S. military during the 20-year war and who feared reprisals by the Taliban after they quickly seized power last month.