Stories of Afghan Refugees: Hope in Resettlement
Tuesday, February 15 | 6:30 PM EST
Since the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August 2021, the US evacuated more than 75,000 Afghans to the United States. This is truly a historic effort, second in scale only to the Vietnamese resettlement in the 1970’s and made especially difficult by our dismantled resettlement infrastructure – and housing crunch.
The trauma suffered by the Afghans — first, life in a war-torn country, abrupt departure, loss of community; and now, unfamiliar language, culture, and future — all of this is unimaginable for those of us who do not share such lived experience.
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Richard Mollica (Yale Div MAR), Director of the Harvard Program on Refugee Trauma on the importance of storytelling in helping to heal trauma. Learn what the resettlement process is today – and hear the stories of Afghan natives who are working to help their countrymen begin new lives in the U.S.
Khalil A Arab, SIVs & Allies Program Manager, Combined Arms
Shabana Basij-Rasikh, President, School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA)
Chris George, Executive Director, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
Richard Mollica, Prof. of Psychiatry, Harvard Med.; Director, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) at Mass Gen. Hospital
Hossna Samadi, IRIS Ambassador
Kaveh Khoshnood (moderator), Assoc. Prof & Director of Undergraduate Studies, Yale School of Public Health