About 37,000 Afghan refugees will resettle in the United States in the next few weeks
Phoenix, Ariz.— Organizations helping to resettle Afghan refugees across the country say the demand for translators is likely to increase as they take in more people over the next few weeks.
Some states are struggling to find enough translators while others say they have too many and are even turning people away.
A volunteer who spoke with Granthshala News, and remains anonymous for her own safety, has been a translator in Arizona since her arrival from Afghanistan in 2017. He is fluent in English, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto. With the recent evacuation in Kabul, she says she is interpreting phone calls almost daily.
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“I used to work from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. I was on the phone,” she says. “I just wrote my name with the organization and I let them know whenever you need me.”
Given the sad situation that has spread abroad, the interpreter is doing his best to help as many people as possible, including his family, who are hoping to escape from Kabul soon.
“I am crying almost every day. I am calling them but most of the time the phone is not connecting and then I am asking them ‘How are you?’ by sending them a message.Then after two or three hours when I get the reply back I am very happy that at least I [getting] Their news is that they are fine now, but they are not doing well, but at least they are fine.”
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About 37,000 Afghan refugees will resettle in the United States over the next few weeks. California will most likely welcome more than 5,200 people, while Alabama and Mississippi will only take 10. Four other states and Washington, DC, are taking none.
The Biden administration is hoping to help resettle 65,000 Afghans through October and another 30,000 through the next fiscal year.
“A case manager who speaks the language, understands the language, who is proficient in cultural nuance, is really important. But with that, what’s really important, are our counselors and therapists and people who really understand that some How to address mental problems. Health issues Even those who speak the language, understand the culture,” said Arbaaz Nizami, president of the Sahba Initiative.
This organization helps families with food, clothing and hygiene items, as well as housing and jobs. So far, they are helping at least six families in Afghanistan.
“I think we are now in about six families and we are committed to providing care as a sponsor. So we look forward to those families coming to America,” Nizami said. “We were told within a few weeks, so we’re waiting for them to come. We know the names of the families, we know how many there are, so we’re committed to them and once they’re here, we’re going.” to pick them up from the airport, provide them accommodation and then take care of them from A to Z.”
In Arizona, several refugee organizations tell Granthshala News that they have received support from the local community, including many who volunteered to help with the translation.
“So of course we’re looking for people who are interested, but because of the overwhelming response we’ve received at this point, you can just sign up and then we’ll reach out to you,” said Connie Phillips, President and CEO Said NS Lutheran Social Service of the Southwest.
“This is one of those times when we’re really coming together as a country, people really want to help and it’s great to be able to really highlight this refugee resettlement process because it’s the United States.” This has been going on in America for many, many years. It’s a very safe and controlled process. Refugees are screened before they come to the United States, and it’s really an honor to welcome them into our community Is”.
The organization has the capacity to resettle 200 people in Phoenix and 100 in Tucson. They usually get calls to pick up families in less than 24 hours.
“We provide them with a house to live in, we furnish the house, we provide food, we make sure they have everything they need, and then we start working with them to They can learn about our culture, understand how to live in this new community in which they find themselves. We help their children enroll in school and work with them to understand that American That’s how the school system works, and we help them with health care as well as employment,” Phillips said.
There is another group looking for translators International Rescue Committee, A global humanitarian aid, relief and development NGO. they are looking for volunteersIncluding those who are fluent in Pashto and Dari. He says that some offices may even have paid interpretation opportunities.