Afghan refugee finds home in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Home is how Rahimullah Nishat describes Charlottesville.
“I'm not going anywhere,” said Nishat.
But it hasn't always been that way.
“When I first got here everything was different to me,” he said.
He came from Afghanistan in 2017 but with the help of the Charlottesville nonprofit International Neighbors as well as the Charlottesville Afghan community, he says he's found his place.
“There are great relationship here among the Afghan people and we take care of each other and we give hand to the new people that are arriving here in Charlottesville,” Nishat said.
However, there are still challenges.
“The biggest problem that the refugees have nowadays is that there are no homes available in Charlottesville,” Nishat explained.
That's why events like the International Neighbor’s celebration of World Refugee Day are so important.
Such events aim to raise awareness about refugee issues and celebrate the different cultures that are represented in Charlottesville.