International Neighbors Helps Refugees Adjust to Life in Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- International Neighbors made their debut Wednesday night as Charlottesville's newest nonprofit organization. The goals are very different than any other organization in the area.

"We want to help refugees, their families, and others adjust to their new lives here in Charlottesville," said Kari Miller, the Executive Director of International Neighbors of Charlottesville.

The organization said that there are about 2,000 refugees that live in Charlottesville now, and that an estimated 240 refugees move here annually.

"I was an interpreter for the last 13 years," said Mohammad Daslam. "My uncle was a general for an army supported by the American government, and my father is the Chief of Education in my country."

Daslam, as well as other refugees, attended the event to talk about their stories and where they hope to go from here.

"I'm really happy that I am here, to talk about my life back in Afghanistan," said Daslam.

"We want Charlottesville to be the warm and welcoming city that it always has been," said Miller.

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