The need persists, local organizations intervene to help
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – As Afghans continue to seek safety in the United States, organizations in San Diego are here to answer the call.
“The concerns are great and clearly the needs of people trying to flee life-threatening injuries are great and continue to increase,” said Donna Duvin, executive director of the International Rescue Committee, section from San Diego.
Duvin explained that since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the San Diego branch has been able to assist 33 Afghan refugees, “And that doesn’t seem like a huge number but for every client for every case. that happens, the thing that’s different, “Duvin expressed,” a lot of times in this circumstance we only have 24 to 48 hours notice. “
Duvin added that they expected an influx of refugees. She also said IRC staff will return home, after being deployed to treatment centers. She said their fears lie not only in the safety of the refugees seeking refuge, but also in her staff who help as much as they can.
“This is a very traumatic time for many people in our community,” said a moved Duvin, “not just for those fleeing and arriving, but for people who are already here or those providing services, have problems. loved ones still in danger and it was very hard. “
Yet the IRC is always committed to planning ahead. The focus is on the resettlement and accommodation of refugees who may appear at any time. Their branch accepts all special visa immigrants, many of whom have worked with the US military. They also help P-2 refugees who are those who have worked with the federal government and NGOs. In crisis circumstances, such as that in Afghanistan, they can also help refugees who seek asylum because they fear for their safety.
Another San Diego organization, Hope for San Diego, is responsible for providing basic necessities and household items to refugees.
“You know they are exhausted and have been through so much,” says general manager Suzie Fiske. “So just to create a comfortable space for them, they feel really good.”
With no specific timeline on when a refugee will land in San Diego, these organizations have said they wait and are ready to help.
Duvin recalled an experience she shared when she saw Afghan refugees arrive on American soil: “You know they are able to stand firmly on San Diego soil and know they are really at home. them, “she continued,” and you see them linger deeply, breathe in and start to relax a bit and know they’re out of danger. “
Fiske said help from them and other organizations will continue to be requested for years to come. She expressed that just a little bit now, whether financial or material, is having an impact.
To find out how you can help Hope for San Diego, visit: https://hopeforsd.org/
To find out how you can help IRC San Diego, visit: https://www.rescue.org/united-states/san-diego-ca