Catholic Charities welcomes Afghan refugees to mid-Missouri in town hall event

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Sydnee Smith, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA – Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, or CCCNMO, hosted an event to welcome Afghan refugees last night.

The goal of the event was to educate community members and explain what they can do to help the refugees adjust to life in Missouri. CCCNMO resettled nine evacuees Thursday and several more people Friday.

Isnat Kaakar came to the University of Missouri from Afghanistan two years ago on a full-ride scholarship. He is currently the Afghan Program Director for CCCNMO and understands the difficulties of coming to a new country.

“For the refugees, it will be a gradual process, because not all of them speak English. And that is a biggest barrier. I didn’t have that barrier and I was also very blessed with technology. I have some education and technology, but most of them, they are not well versed with technology, and that is another hurdle for of them.” Kaakar says.