A Utah-based nonprofit is working to help Afghan refugees who are still awaiting resettlement feel a little more at home.
SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of Afghan refugees are still awaiting resettlement after evacuating Afghanistan in August. Many have transitioned out of military bases, but five months later, some remain unsettled. That’s why a Utah-based nonprofit is working to help those still in limbo feel a little more at home.
“They fled for their lives, literally with nothing. We all saw the pictures over the summer. Then they’re shipped to different bases internationally, then they find a temporary home on a military base,” said Adam Miles, the founder of Refugee Soccer.
Life on those bases is lonely. Evacuees must be cordoned off for their safety, but it’s hard to connect in a new country with a different language while still stuck on base.
Miles recently made the trip to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
He drove down twice, with a car loaded full of 400 pairs of shoes donated from around the community.