Feb. 25, New Refugee Neighbors

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Heard On Route 51
An Afghan Evacuee Sorts Through Clothing Donations
An Afghan evacuee looks at a piece of clothing covered with butterflies and trees at a donation facility run by U.S. Soldiers and civilians at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Sept. 7, 2021, as part of the Operation Allies Welcome effort. Spc. Rhianna Ballenger/U.S. Army 

In August, more than 100,000 refugees were airlifted from Afghanistan and transported to military bases around the country, including Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. Since then, dozens of families and individuals have been resettled in communities throughout Wisconsin including in Wausau and Eau Claire. Local government officials and private agencies are working to ensure a smooth transition to life in the United States, but some hurdles remain.

Shereen Siewert welcomes Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg, Bea Evans, a founding member of Welcoming New Neighbors – Northwest Wisconsin Refugee Resettlement in Eau Claire, and Margaret Pagoria, communications director for Wausau’s New Beginnings for Refugees, for a discussion on the resettlement process, from how needs are being met to how the refugees themselves are acclimating to western culture.

Welcoming New Neighbors – Northwest Wisconsin Refugee Resettlement: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cvafghanrefugeeconnection/

New Beginnings for Refugees: https://newbeginningswi.org/

Episode Credits

  • Shereen Siewert Host
  • Rick Reyer Producer
  • Joy Ratchkramer Producer
  • Kate Spranger Producer
  • Katie Rosenberg Guest
  • Bea Evans Guest
  • Margaret Pagoria Guest

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