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US faith groups unite to help Afghanistan refugees after war
by Luis Andres Henao, Peter Smith, and Mariam Fam
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5 September 2021
On 5 September 2021 The Associated Press reported:
America's major religions and denominations, often divided on other big issues, have united behind the effort to help receive an influx of refugees from Afghanistan following the end of the United States' longest war and one of the largest airlifts in history.
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Among those gearing up to help are Jewish refugee resettlement agencies and Islamic groups; conservative and liberal Protestant churches; and prominent Catholic relief organizations, providing everything from food and clothes to legal assistance and housing.
'It's incredible. It's an interfaith effort that involved Catholic, Lutheran, Muslim, Jews, Episcopalians ... Hindus ... as well as nonfaith communities who just believe that maybe it's not a matter of faith, but it's just a matter of who we are as a nation,' said Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
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