Arrival of a second Afghan family in Massachusetts
BOSTON – Another refugee family arrived in Massachusetts late Sunday evening after fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan.
This is the second Afghan family to arrive at Logan International Airport. The first family arrived on Friday.
Families will be accommodated in hotels before moving to furnished apartments through donations.
“We have volunteers who come to help set up the apartments, and then we will work with the families to connect them to services, find them jobs, enroll the children in school, connect them to English classes, if necessary, in helping them discover the new community they have arrived in, helping them feel welcomed and supported here, ”said Meg Gallo of the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center.
The Salvation Army collected items for families arriving from Afghanistan.
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“The things that people get off the plane at midnight, and they arrive in a new home and the unimaginable of what they’ve been through, just things they don’t have to worry about what they need for the first few days, ”said Chris Farrand of the Salvation Army.
Farrand said the group is working with several other organizations to welcome Afghan refugees. About 1,000 will eventually relocate to Massachusetts.
“Information fluctuates sometimes,” Farrand said. “We’ve heard 700, 900, now we’re at 1,100, but at the end of the day we’re just ready to have whatever we can to help,” he said.
The Salvation Army gathered everything from backpacks and bedding to food and did so with cultural sensitivity.
“There has been a demand that most of these things also be halal-friendly,” Farrand said. “You can’t give enough, that’s what I think. You want to do more and you are happy with the part you have to play.